Not With The Band: Science Demonstrates That Improvisation In Music Is Real Communication

By Alyson Camus | April 8, 2014

This new study led to the conclusion that syntactic processing areas are not specific for language but are involved in a larger domain of communication, as there is a neural overlap between music and language processing.

John McLaughlin And The Fourth Dimension At The Blue Note, 8pm Show, Thursday, June 20th, 2013

By Iman Lababedi | June 22, 2013

At 70 minutes it was very short and my sense is that if you went to all three nights it would add up to one a unfied vision but one set is not quite enough to get any real feel for what is going on musically

Diana Krall At the Beacon Theater, Friday, April 20th, 2013, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | April 21, 2013

The set didn’t work, the band wasn’t what I wanted to hear, and Krall, the coal miners daughter indeed from the rural small towns of British Columbia, is all blonde and rock star, but I will forgive a lot from a musician who tells me she enjoyed playing with me and sends me home with a lullaby

Wayne Shorter And Orpheus Chamber Orchestra At Carnegie Hall, Friday, February 1st, 2013, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 3, 2013

Shorter’s quartet plus a dozen odd violins, two more upright bassists, a big bass drum and a half dozen wind instruments all coming together to unload what sounds to my untrained ears to be a mix of Glenn Branca and Shostakovitch, oh and, Bernard Hermann. I keep on expecting Anthony Perkins to stab me in the shower.


By M Kriss | December 12, 2012

Just as Bebop and Bird came and never flew the coup, so Dave Brubeck’s take continues to wash down smoothly 50 some odd years afterward; enduring each and every everyman and woman’s jazz cocktail “happy” hour, no worse for the extended play.

Dave Brubeck, Dead At 91 Years Old

By Iman Lababedi | December 5, 2012

He invented syncopation and Donald Fagen immortalized him with “I hear you’re mad about Brubeck. I like your eyes, I like him too. . He’s an artist, a pioneer, we’ve got to have some music on the new frontier”

Wayne Shorter To Carnegie Hall, February 1st, 2013

By Mahalia Dark | November 30, 2012

Shorter is playing a concert with the Orpheus Chamber Quartet at Carnegie Hall on February 1st . The man is a musical legend if only for his solo on Steely Dan’s “Aja”. If you are just starting off try the Blue Note The best of, which gives you the cream of his 1960s solo stuff.

Wynton Marsalis And Walter Isaacson To Work Of Louis Armstrong

By Iman Lababedi | November 27, 2012

Here is Wynton Marsalis discussing the jazz master: ” “Louis Armstrong was one of the greatest human beings to ever set foot on this planet. He gave us a healing that still sits with us. Thank you, Pops.”

Miles Davis, What An Angry Man He Was

By Bert Contestible | May 31, 2012

His catalog of music both live and studio is staggering. Some of it sounds soft today but the music must viewed of its time because in its time it was revolutionary so much so that now it has been imitated ad infinitum.

Joe Jackson Taking Duke Ellington On the Road

By Iman Lababedi | May 10, 2012

It sounds a little on the scary side, 15 songs over 10 tracks. Lotsa mental didggery do and guests like Iggy Pop and ?uestlove. Make you feel any better? Me neither. Incidentally, anybody who has a question mark in his name is an asshole by definition and the Roots suck

Why Write About Louis Armstrong?

By Iman Lababedi | August 28, 2011

I love Armstrong because when I listen to Coltrane and Mingus and Brubeck and Marsalis today and Ellington… they feel so above me. I don’t feel that way about Armstrong. He is me.

King At Central Park Summerstage, Saturday, June 25th, 2011

By Iman Lababedi | June 29, 2011

King twist on the melody

James Torme Follows In Father Mel's Footsteps

By Iman Lababedi | June 21, 2011

not bad by any stretch of the imagination

Muse And Music Presents the John Moore Ambrosini Trio, Thursday, June 9th, 2011

By Iman Lababedi | June 11, 2011

John Ambrosini, the engineer as artist

Vaud and the Villains at the Satellite on Monday May 30th, 2011

By Alyson Camus | June 3, 2011

Bringing back the past

Blue Note Jazz Fest Looks Pretty Darn Good

By Iman Lababedi | May 16, 2011

Dave Brubeck? God bless his cotton socks but if you haven’t seen him a dozen times, why would you be beginning now?

Brian Setzer: Mix it Up Serve It On A Platter

By Helen Bach | April 25, 2011

the idea is cool, daddy-o