Charles Walker

Charles Walker

Engaging composer, solid and versatile trumpet player, and alchemic bandleader - these are the three pillars of young musician Greg Glassman’s attack, and it has all come t…
Recently I was re-listening to Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell’s complex recording Mu on the French Actuel label, probably the most famous of all trumpet-percussion duet…
Mysteries in jazz come in all different shapes and sizes. There’s the outright ornery deflection of Cecil Taylor’s stage presence, distracting attention from his essential …
Grand ideas, indeed - this well-paced volume from pianist Armen Donelian, featuring eight of his back-of-the-hand-to-the-forehead, deep-sigh compositions, focuses primarily…
Musicians are rarely students of physics, and vice versa I would imagine, as the mechanics of science and of soul are hardly ever considered in the same thought. This is a …
It is not exactly clear where the fascination lies for jazz fans in repeatedly sending their greatest heroes through an up and down cycle of discovery, alternately adulatin…
At first glance, it probably causes the average jazzerati mind to blanche in confusion: why exactly would three New York stars like Jimmy Greene, Rodney Whitaker, and Geral…
Exoticism is a hard shell to crack: we tend to find dialogue destitute unless "they" have something terribly different - wild and exotic - to offer "us." Musically speaking…
Last month, in a fit of resignation after hearing the news of 93 year-old Lionel Hampton's death, I dejectedly reached for my old vinyl box set of his Bluebird recordings f…
With the dearth of options currently available in the majority of American music stores, it is certainly an admirable goal to attempt to add to that landscape shades of oth…
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