by Casey Dolan (This is a chronicle of sorts. I’m dividing it into three parts with the third part making up the largest, and weirdest, portion). I’ve deliberated long and hard about writing the following since I was laid off by the Los Angeles Times in July. Many memories of working there are fond and it was… Read More State of Mind: The Los Angeles Times and Me, Pt. 1
by Casey Dolan All readers be advised: As of Dec. 1, 2008, our new address will be http://www.internationalreviewofmusic.com. We’re growing by leaps and bounds and setting up our own sovereign nation. No longer a WordPress colony (although their rule was benign), we will continue to forge ahead where music critics fear to tread! Thanks for the… Read More New Web Address: We’re Going Indie, Baby!
by Don Heckman Milton Nascimento celebrated his 66th birthday a few days before he performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall Wednesday night. And there was still a trace of celebratory spirit in his appearance with the Jobim Trio. The program, one of a string of bookings across the country, supported his recently released CD, “Novas… Read More Live: Milton Nascimento and the Jobim Trio
By Don Heckman Patricia Barber “The Cole Porter Mix” (Blue Note) Back from the distant roots of her last album – “Mythologies” – Barber dips into some 20th century mythology via the inimitable songs of Cole Porter. And keep that word “inimitable” in mind, because what makes this program unique is the inclusion of three… Read More CD Reviews: Canaries
By John Altman I’m really disappointed. My new CD – “The Jazz Soul Of Paris Hilton” — has not been nominated for a Grammy. The follow up to my brilliant CD “Britney Spears – The Jazz Years.” it has garnered rave reviews in the Jazz Press and received NOT ONE vote in this year’s Grammy… Read More Humor: I Need Your Grammy Vote
By Don Heckman When I attended the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition events this past weekend, reviewing for Jazz Times magazine, I ran into many friends from the jazz community. Since the Competition is an international event, there were folks from L.A., as well as many other parts of the country and the world. Every one… Read More Here, There and Everywhere: The Times
By Don Heckman Remember the name. Jon Irabagon. One of the smallest, most unassuming candidates in the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition ran away with the first place prize Sunday night at Kodak Hall. Although “ran away” doesn’t fully encompass either Irabagon’s accomplishment or the quality of his playing. Technical skill was a… Read More Live: The Monk Competition Finals