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It had been a long night — a concert, a reunion with an old friend, a midnight meal — but as the clock ticked past 2 a.m. Quincy Jones sat in a rare state of silence in his estate at the very top of Bel-Air. The man they call Q nodded at the...
Culture MonsterBassist Kermit Driscoll forges an all-star, adventurous first album as a bandleader with the help of guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta....
Pop & HissAmong the off-the-beaten-path ideas are biographies of Keith Richards, Frank Sinatra, Rosanne Cash and Patti Smith, a Michael Jackson video collection, Coachella and Warped Tour-related gifts, and the ultimate Miles Davis collection. Keith Richards,...
Culture MonsterThursday-Friday In 10 years of existence, the Bad Plus has somehow become easy to take for granted. Since breaking out with "These Are the Vistas" back in 2003, the group has specialized in a tough-to-categorize and tougher-to-resist brand of acrobatic......
Culture MonsterWilliam Kentridge wasnât the first artist (by nearly a century) to work in animation, but his poignant, politically-charged, hand-drawn stop-motion films opened eyes wide to the mediumâs potential when they began to be shown in the early '90s. In...
Pop & HissMusicians who explore the fringes of music as we know it often seem to operate in a parallel dimension with few points of reference for the average music fan. This historically has been true in jazz, where such innovators as......
Top of the TicketBarack Obama claims during a commencement speech that he doesn't know how to work iPods, iPads, Xboxes or PlayStations....
Pop & HissJudging the market for big-ticket music box sets continues to be at least as much art as it is science. Record company executives I spoke to recently said that even though the Internet has given labels unprecedented ability to target......
Mike Zwerin Trombonist, jazz critic Mike Zwerin, 79, a trombonist who got his break jamming with Miles Davis and later became the Paris-based jazz critic for the International Herald Tribune, died Friday in a Paris hospital after a long illness, his...
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Associated PressGuru, the influential rapper known for his conscious and intellectual themes, his monotone delivery, and his combination of jazz sounds with hip-hop beats, has died after battling cancer, collaborators said. He was 43. The world has lost "one of the best...
Tags: Crimes, Social Issues, Isaac Hayes, Death, Cancer
Jazz drummer Ed Thigpen, who often was described as "Mr. Taste" for his sensitive accompaniment of instrumentalists and singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell and Billy Taylor, died Wednesday at Hvidovre Hospital in Copenhagen. He was...
Jim Marshall, celebrated in music circles for his iconic, attitude-laced images of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, the Rolling Stones and other '60s rock luminaries as well as equally revered portraits of Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and...
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