Mark Keresman

Mark Keresman

As new(er) generations of jazz performers feel free to absorb non-jazz sounds, young "classical" composers have been reaching beyond the tradition of notated music. True…
One of the most hard-to-pin-down composer/performers drawing breath on planet Earth is Elliott Sharp. Classically trained (studied some under Morton Feldman), Sharp has …
Only in the spheres of the blues and pool could the names "magic" and "slim" go so well together. Born in Mississippi, Midwest-based Magic Slim is one of our day’s primo…
One way to perpetuate an important tradition is to concentrate on the way it was back-when and strive to keep it like it was (an idealized golden age), another is to bui…
As some people under 30 are no doubt tired of hearing, the 1960s was a time of innovation and upheaval. The ‘60s produced the Beatles and Albert Ayler, the Velvet Underg…
Here are two Israel-born hepcats, one currently based in the USA (E. Maoz, NYC) and the other in the UK (A. Sirkis, London) - two nations separated by a common language,…
Setting aside politics for a spell, Cuba is a most interesting nation musically. Its location makes it idea for receiving influences from about half the world: North and…
Many jazz albums (not all, so save the hate mail) can be set into two categories: Serious and Upbeat. Serious jazz albums can have earnest titles such as CONFLICT
Anouar Brahem is a player of the oud (a guitar-like stringed instrument w/ a large teardrop-shaped body) from Tunisia (that very nation that inspired the Dizzy Gillespie…
In some old movie and TV dramas (that is, pre- 1965), there be a singer/pianist working at a local bistro/watering hole wherein the main character/hero/protagonist hangs…
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