Like sax players, any discussion of the best trumpeters is likely to involve some of the same names. And that's not happenstance. It's because the playing of those greats is so distinctive, prodigious and influential that it truly stands out among countless other horn players. Keep reading for a run ... More >>
When trumpeter Dave Douglas played at Dazzle just over a year ago as part of Greg Garrison's Improvised Roots series, he was introduced to Crooked Still's Aoife O'Donovan, who sang during the sets. Douglas went on to recruit O'Donovan -- who is also joining Douglas's his two-night stand at Dazzle th ... More >>
As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. ... More >>
Doves Kingdom of Rust Astralwerks It's not exactly a mystery why Doves remain more popular in the U.K. than on these shores. After all, the band's music tends toward denseness, not instant accessibility -- and Jimi Goodwin and the brothers Williams, Jez and Andy, feel that brevity is highly overr ... More >>
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Nearing thirty years as the most challenging rock band on earth, Pere Ubu waxes enigmatic.
Legendary drummer Roy Haynes sings Bird's praises while creating his own legend.
The Blue Noise Band's brilliant amalgam of sounds may make jazz purists see red.
Out Through The N Door
Givin' Away the Store 2
The Creative Music Works Orchestra brings jazz out of the closet.
March 18-24, 1999
As part of Tuatara, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck heads in new musical directions.
Handing out the trophies for 1997's best albums.