jazz Archive

Album Review: Tony Monaco Trio – Over and Over

If we’re honest with ourselves, we must acknowledge that when it comes to jazz, we’re dealing with a remarkably slim sliver of the listening public. As great as it is, […]

Capsule Reviews for April 2024 #2

There’s a real assortment of great new music that I’d like you know about. So here I present capsule reviews of five new titles in a variety of styles and […]

30 Days Out, April 2024 #2: Pylon Reenactment Society, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Primus, Destroy Boys

A whole lot is happening in Asheville during these next 30 days. This time around, I’m featuring four touring groups, all of which I’ve interviewed at one time or another […]

Album Review: Mushroom – Messages from the Spliff Bunker

A kind of indie-underground supergroup, Mushroom is at its core the brainchild of Pat Thomas. Combining avant-garde, free jazz and krautrock influences and textures might – to the causal listener, […]

Quick Reviews, March 2024: Archival Jazz Releases

One of the many rewarding consequences of being a music journalist/critic is that I’m often among the first to hear about archival releases. Artists who have already created an extensive […]

30 Days Out, Feb. 2024 #2: Get Right Band, Firecracker Jazz Band, Haken, Mark and Maggie O’Connor

Two acts based in Asheville, two intentionally-touring acts. A wide variety of genres. The so-called “quiet season” continues in and around Western NC. Artist: Get Right Band Venue: Grey Eagle […]

Capsule Reviews for February 2024: New Releases in Jazz, Soul and Blues

Jazz, soul and blues this time around. All well worth a spin, they are. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – Live in London Having only just celebrated his 24th birthday days ago, […]

Pink Martini: A Toast to the World’s Rich Musical Variety (Part 3 of 3)

Continued from Part Two… With such a large and versatile group, you seem capable of taking on most any style or genre to which you set yourselves. Is there a […]

Pink Martini: A Toast to the World’s Rich Musical Variety (Part 2 of 3)

Continued from Part One… Other than personnel changes, how has Pink Martini changed in the years since you began? Well, we’ve grown bigger, so it’s been less about personnel changes […]

Pink Martini: A Toast to the World’s Rich Musical Variety (Part 1 of 3)

Founded in 1994 by Thomas Lauderdale, Pink Martini has carved out a unique niche for itself in the world of music. The large and ever-expanding group combines many genres of […]