| Sep 17, 2009
| 8:54 AM
In the middle of "Enter Galactic (Love Connection Part 1)," one of the few flirtatious songs on his moody, supercool new album, art rapper Kid Cudi asks a pertinent question. "If you can't do what you imagine, then what is......
| Oct 15, 2009
| 4:34 AM
In the first three paragraphs of a release introducing Grammy-winning vocalist Michael Bubl??'s new album, he is mentioned in the same sentence as a choirboy, Elvis and Louis Armstrong. Curious company, but needless to say when an artist sells in......
| Dec 11, 2008
When asked about the state of jazz, Christian Scott's mood sours. "The [stuff] is garbage," said the New Orleans-born trumpeter, speaking by phone from San Francisco, his voice sharp, direct. "I mean, you want the truth?"
It's perhaps surprising to...
| Feb 1, 2009
A good dancer does more than just defy gravity; he seems to have his own personal supply -- a force field that shapes space and time around his movements. Every impulse has weight and no energy is wasted, even in the enervating trial and error of...
| Sep 23, 2008
Charlie Haden Family & Friends (Decca)
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The stereotypical disconnect between the worlds of jazz and country music was beautifully crystallized many years ago when celebrated drummer Buddy Rich was in the hospital. Just before going into surgery,...
| May 3, 2008
It was hustle and flow, all right. Terrence Howard, the Oscar-nominated actor best known for his role as Djay, the rapping pimp protagonist of Craig Brewer's acclaimed 2005 film, was doing everything but serving smoked Gouda to the 40 or so people...
| May 18, 2008
IN LOS FELIZ, across from a 7-Eleven on North Vermont Avenue, a few dozen men in their early 20s to late 80s share a dinner behind closed doors. Some wear full tuxedos with bow ties and jeweled cuff links, some have shoulder-length hair, and others wear...
| Jun 19, 2008
PHOENIX -- The sprawling, brawling concert Tom Waits gave here Tuesday, opening his Glitter and Doom tour with two nights at the city's grand old Orpheum, found its central image, unsurprisingly, in a hat. This wasn't just any of the countless porkpies...
| Jun 24, 2008
"Largo" the movie is a lot like Largo the club. The lighting is low, its attention is 100% on the performers and it doesn't make things easy for its customers.
"I don't really know what the audience would be," says the film's producer and co-director,...
| Jul 11, 2008
Wynton Marsalis describes the big jazz band as "the American orchestra." It's an intriguing and, in many ways, definitive identification of the instrumental collective that has been a foundation ensemble of American jazz and popular music for more than 80...
| Nov 29, 2009
In 1947, jazz great Louis Armstrong got himself a new gadget -- a tape recorder, fresh out on the consumer market. It was a big, boxy machine that he set up in concert halls and jazz joints to record his six-piece All Stars so he could listen to each show...