An Appreciation: Paul Bley

  By Devon Wendell Paul Bley, who passed away at the age of 83 on Sunday, January 3, was always different. His polytonal approach to the piano stood out from the flocks of imitators copying Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, and Herbie Hancock. There was this amazing dissonance to his playing that reminded me of Bud… Read More An Appreciation: Paul Bley

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Live Music: Wayne Shorter 80th Birthday Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman The 2013 jazz season at the Hollywood Bowl reached a peak Wednesday night with an 80th birthday celebration for saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter. The participants featured, of course, Shorter himself, playing in duo with his close friend and creative associate Herbie Hancock, with his own quartet, and with the woodwind ensemble the Imani… Read More Live Music: Wayne Shorter 80th Birthday Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl

Live Jazz: Rudresh Mahanthappa with Indo-Pak Coalition and Gamak at Royce Hall

By Don Heckman At first glance, Saturday night seemed to offer one of the intriguing jazz events of the season: alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa appearing with his groups Indo-Pak Coalition and Gamak in a CAP UCLA concert at Royce Hall.  Over the past decade, Mahanthappa, a second generation Indian American, has received significant recognition from… Read More Live Jazz: Rudresh Mahanthappa with Indo-Pak Coalition and Gamak at Royce Hall

CD Review: Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran — “Hagar’s Song”

Hagar’s Song (ECM Records) By Brian Arsenault For his 75th birthday, Charles Lloyd has released a most beautiful album, Hagar’s Song, with pianist Jason Moran. Stated simply, if you listen to many albums over many months you will not find beauty of this recording’s equal. Perhaps Lloyd has reached a point in his lengthy and… Read More CD Review: Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran — “Hagar’s Song”