Charles Walker

Charles Walker

A spiritual - as bassist John Patitucci tries to explain it on his latest Concord release - should be a highly personalized expression of faith in a deeply troubled world. …
The word "home" is one of the most highly-charged in the English language, evoking a range of emotions from trepidation to nostalgia, based on the past circumstances of the…
For several years now, bassist Christian McBride has been dead set on proving true the old axiom that not only does jazz have the ability to broaden the scope and depth of …
No matter how thoughtful or inspired much of modern jazz is (and much of it is, I promise), it is increasingly difficult to find musicians who don’t take themselves too ser…
Out of soul-surrendering late night juke joints and transformed waffle houses comes a sound with more Spirit than serenity, cobbled together, coordined off from upscale ear…
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 …
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