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Complete control

Pat Metheny, live at the Orpheum Theatre, May 20, 2010
Let’s put aside for now the philosophical questions about a player/composer’s need for control, and whether there’s any qualitative difference between the music said player/composer writes for himself and what he writes for himself with other people, or for himself playing a myriad of instruments simultaneously.
By JON GARELICK  |  May 24, 2010

Pat Metheny | Orchestrion

Nonesuch (2010)
The “orchestrion” is a Rube Goldberg-like contraption that empowers Metheny in one-man-band format to trigger a variety of percussion and other instruments as he plays guitar.
By JON GARELICK  |  May 12, 2010

Sonny, Pat, and all the cats

Names you know and names you should
The primo jazz event of the spring will be SONNY ROLLINS 's concert at Symphony Hall on April 18 ( The great master saxophonist and peerless improviser often hits town in April, and this time it's to kick off his 80th-birthday tour. Whew.
By JON GARELICK  |  March 09, 2010

Reeling in the years

John Pizzarelli keeps jazz moving on
Call John Pizzarelli a mensch — he's smart, chatty, and a hot ticket. Hell of a guitarist, too.
By JIM MACNIE  |  February 25, 2010

Street rhythm

Florencia Gonzalez gets ugly . Plus, Dave Holland is sitting pretty.
In the city where Florencia Gonzalez grew up — the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo — every neighborhood has its own candombe group. These are drum outfits that might meet on a Sunday afternoon, a Wednesday night, or particular holidays, depending on neighborhood tradition.
By JON GARELICK  |  August 25, 2009

Meet the Beatles!

The Gary Burton Quartet remembers its roots
Swallow says that when he first picked up an electric bass, "My immediate impression was: 'Oh, shit! I'm in deep trouble here!' "
By JON GARELICK  |  June 17, 2009

Trail of tunes

Music al fresco at summer fests
The best summer music festivals take something from the season: the smell of the surf, the sight of the mountains, fireworks, lawn seating — or, at least, fried dough.
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 09, 2009

Southern Exposure

Fusionworks gets 'Unwrapped'
Since Fusionworks Dance Company has maintained a studio in East Greenwich for almost five years, artistic director Deb Meunier decided it was time to bring dance to South County.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 31, 2009

Musical acrobats

Antonio Sanchez's ambidextrous mind, and Cirkestra's big top
Having Antonio Sanchez explain the difference between "straight 8's" and "swing 8's" is a bit like having Einstein explain long division — total waste of the dude's time.
By JON GARELICK  |  February 09, 2009

Year in Jazz: Playing for keeps

By JON GARELICK  |  December 22, 2008

Fourth-quarter earnings

Haden, Hunter, Rollins, Mela, Bley, and e.s.t.
Times a-wastin' on 2008, so before it's too late, here's a handful of discs that have caught my ear over the past few months.
By JON GARELICK  |  December 17, 2008

Higher calling

Fusionworks contemplates spirituality
Although the annual fall concert by Fusionworks Dance Company has not been given a title that ties the dances together, director/choreographer Deb Meunier has noticed a theme emerging from the repertory pieces and premiere works that will be presented.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 12, 2008

Nights out

Björkestra, Jarrett, Kelly, and the Cohens
Five shows in eight days (not counting an early-music side trip with Jordi Savall’s Hespèrion XXI at Sanders Theatre), so let’s get cracking.
By JON GARELICK  |  November 10, 2008

Good fellows

Brian Blade and company help blaze jazz’s newest path
The jazz tide is shifting once again.  
By JON GARELICK  |  October 20, 2008

Split personality

Jenny Scheinman gets herself together
Jenny Scheinman is such an unassuming, modest musician that it’s easy to underestimate the radicalness of her two new CDs, Jenny Scheinman and Crossing the Field .
By JON GARELICK  |  June 02, 2008

Breaking through

Esperanza Spalding steps up her game
In the overall retail picture, jazz accounts for about three percent of sales, and a “hit” CD is anything that exceeds 10,000 copies.
By JON GARELICK  |  May 19, 2008

Killer guitars — and bands

Pat Metheny’s latest trio and Kurt Rosenwinkel’s Remedy
Now 53 and more than 30 years into a remarkable career, Pat Metheny still approaches jazz like a kid let loose in a candy store.
By JON GARELICK  |  March 10, 2008

Personal code

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-jazz connection
The connection between jazz and India is at least as old as John Coltrane’s composition named for that country.
By JON GARELICK  |  February 12, 2008

Cuong Vu

Vu-Tet | artistShare
For those who know trumpeter Cuong Vu from his work with the Pat Metheny Group, Vu-Tet could come as a rude shocker.
By JON GARELICK  |  February 06, 2008

Skimming the cream

Jazz: 2007 in review
Some of my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and performances I wrote about this year.
By JON GARELICK  |  December 17, 2007

Welcome to Boston

Better than a Duck Tour
You’re one of us now.

Something for everybody

This summer, New England’s music calendar offers everything from Neil Sedaka to Lez Zeppelin
As that great philosopher Brian Wilson once observed, summer means fun.
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 11, 2007

Nights on the town

Brandão, Coltrane, and Redman move the beat around
By now, the bossa nova of Antonio Carlos Jobim has been completely ingrained in the language of jazz and pop.
By JON GARELICK  |  May 16, 2007

Fathers and son

Joshua Redman goes East
It must be daunting to have Joshua Redman’s talent.
By JON GARELICK  |  May 01, 2007


Metheny and Mehldau get it together
Killer chops are part of what jazz is all about — what critic Whitney Balliett called “look-no-hands virtuosity.”
By JON GARELICK  |  April 03, 2007

Brothers and other mothers

Jazz in concerts and clubs
The single hottest ticket among jazz fans this season will be for the Pat Metheny/Brad Mehldau Quartet.
By JON GARELICK  |  March 13, 2007

Ornette Coleman

Sound Grammar | Sound Grammar
Has Ornette’s alto sax ever sounded purer and more lovely?
By JON GARELICK  |  January 28, 2010
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All that jazz

Emilia Dahlin delivers on her potential with God Machine
On her new album, God Machine , Emilia Dahlin has fully embraced the jazzy sound she introduced with “No End” on her previous full-length CD.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 21, 2006

Folk hero

Richard Thompson’s Free Reed box
Richard Thompson’s fans can be a bit smug about the singer/guitarist’s ongoing failure to achieve a commercial breakthrough.
By BRETT MILANO  |  January 28, 2010

In all languages

Winter concert preview: looking ahead to jazz in 2006
For the past half decade or so, saxophonist Chris Potter has alternately traveled with two of the best bandleaders in jazz, Dave Holland and Dave Douglas.
By JON GARELICK  |  January 14, 2006

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