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Special to the Los Angeles TimesAlan Lomax The Man Who Recorded the World John Szwed Viking: 438 pp., $29.95 Alan Lomax was a titanic figure whose ambitions were even greater than his formidable energies. Beginning his career as a folklorist in the 1930s with field recordings of...
Wynton Marsalis is explaining jazz to me by talking about my boots. He is coming to Walt Disney Concert Hall this weekend to play his ambitious new composition, "Swing Symphony," with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. But before we get into musical details,...
Even if you haven't yet heard of Ambrose Akinmusire, you might think you know what his lauded new album "When the Heart Emerges Glistening" sounds like. Jazz — particularly jazz trumpet — is a loaded business, one in which swaths of...
All The RageIt's all well and good to buy a T-shirt emblazoned with an iconic image from the annals of rock 'n' roll â plenty of street-wear brands offer them. But when you pick up a rock tee from luxe T-shirt brand......
Culture MonsterâProfessor Bad Tripâ is Fausto Romitelliâs most ecstatic plunge into psychedelia and spectralism. The Doors meet -â and unapologetically drown out -â Pierre Boulez. Completed in 2000, an Italian composerâs nearly 45-minute confrontation...
All The RageWorks by contemporary American artist George Condo will be part of an exhibition at the Jack Rutberg Fine Arts gallery on La Brea Avenue from June 18 to Sept. 3. Unless you can wear one of the works, of what......
Pop & HissOne of 2010âs most overlooked albums belonged to Lloyd Miller, whose collaboration with the British funk outfit Heliocentrics yielded a particularly fruitful and unorthodox union. Released by Strut Records, the combination paired the 72-year old...
Pop & HissTwo decades ago, Ishmael Butler flapped his wings as Butterfly, one-third of the seminal ’90s New York hip-hop trio Digable Planets. Claiming coolness as its birthright and Miles Davis and two Herbies (Hancock & Mann) as elemental building blocks,...
Culture MonsterIn Sunday's Arts & Books section, I explore the storied history of fusing two distinct music forms, jazz and classical. Walt Disney Concert Hall will be hosting two high-profile fusions: on Friday, pianist Brad Mehldau comes in with a jazz......
Culture MonsterJazz composer Maria Schneider lives in the kind of small New York City apartment that you can't imagine her ever leaving. It's old and warm and crammed with beloved books and things of a life imaginatively lived, notably, of course,......
Culture MonsterA quartet of jazz heavyweights embark on patient explorations of jazz standards in this live set....
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