Charles Walker

Charles Walker

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…
Manhattan island’s Lower East Side, much like so-called "free" jazz, is a territory that attracts newcomers primarily based on a reputation built up in its early years: a r…
Jazz writer Howard Mandel once recounted an observation he’d heard from Michael Cuscuna a propos of the loft-jazz scene in 1970’s New York - the surprising realizati…
In the liner notes to this, his sixth recording as a leader, pianist Ted Rosenthal refers to his trio’s versions of the standards they include ("A Sleepin’ Bee," "Let’s Coo…
For anyone who has ever attempted to play an archtop acoustic guitar, they know what a demanding beast she can be. This writer had one (inherited through two generations) a…
Jazz and electronics often pose as inimical territories, with all the stern boundaries, suspicious treaties, and sidelong glances ingrown to Cold War era enemies. One need …
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