Charles Walker

Charles Walker

I can think of few sights more pathetic (as in "stirring pathos") than the image that opens this otherwise run of the mill DVD. As the lights rise on this hour long set fro…
Upon examination of the cover of this disc, one is struck by an unusual image. A solitary figure stands on the horizon of a desert, surrounded by absolutely nothing but san…
Beauty is a Rare Thing, or so claimed the Ornette of 1960, a bass-ic phrase the Charlie Haden of the last few decades has unselfishly explored. Silent and solid behind a pa…
One of the major detriments included in the jazz recording industry's last-decade crossover from analog to digital is the question of what exactly to do with all that new s…
What might happen if one were to take that well-worn hyphenated phrase and turn its emphasis around: American-African? One of the greatest proponents of asking exactly this…
Dave Brubeck has always been something like the Rubik’s Cube of the jazz world - immediately accessible, deceptively intricate, and massively popular. The clues to under…
What is it about that milieu of musical elements floating about the jazz world of the early sixties that continues to attract young stylists, nearly forty years after its h…
Rick Margitza, as is often mentioned in discussions of the young tenor man, was with Miles Davis for a number of the trumpeter’s last few disjointed years. Widely disparage…
Repertory is tricky at this turn of jazz's first century. On the one hand, Tin Pan Alley provides form, structure, ever-ready blueprints in which to place meaning, through …
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