"So, who here liked the Sonny Rollins album?": A comprehensive critics' poll is up.
"So, who here liked the Sonny Rollins album?": A comprehensive critics' poll is up. Rene Mansi/iStockPhoto
Three-day weekend! See you on Tuesday after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.
- The Rhaposdy Jazz Critics Poll, the most comprehensive 2011 year-end consensus roundup, is finally out. (Yes, I submitted.) Complete with essays, listings and links to all the ballots.
- More Winter Jazzfest roundup: Ben Ratliff, Jim Fusilli, Geoffrey Himes, Benjamin Lozovsky, Lucid Culture, Feast Of Music, Vanity Fair. Also, photos from Jati Lindsay.
- More stories on this year's NEA Jazz Masters. Here's Larry Blumenfeld on Jack DeJohnette. Hear the WNYC studio session he mentions here. Also, Mark Stryker on Sheila Jordan. And check out the NEA Art Works podcast for a few more interviews with NEA Jazz Masters (and jazz musicians, period). More links on last week's roundup. Do note! Howard Mandel reports that the NEA Jazz Masters program will continue for 2013. Finally, we archived the audio from the ceremony and concert, on-demand for your convenience.
- The jazz/"j-word"/BAM discussion continues. Here's video from the conference that happened last week in New York. Here's Nicholas Payton's history lesson on the topic. Of the folks who disagree with the premise, Greg Thomas' AllAboutJazz essay is one of the better responses. UPDATE: Payton responds strongly. And a piece in the Kansas City Star asks local musicians (including Bobby Watson) what they think.
- The black audience question, at The Independent Ear.
- Ron Miles interview. at jazzblog.ca. Also, Steve Amirault's 12 jazz propositions.
- Sorta-viral video the first: Roy Haynes and Jack DeJohnette tap dancing.
- Sorta-viral video the first: "EPIC Drum Solo FAIL!" (not for the faint of stomach)(but still bad, like, bad meaning good).
- The Jamey Aebersold canon on Spotify.
- Ted Panken's archives this week: A Max Roach piece, and another on the Pizzarellis (John and Bucky).
- Destination: Out has posted a Sam Rivers memorial.
- JazzWax spoke with saxophonist Anthony Ortega.
- The Jazz Session spoke with drummers Jack DeJohnette and Deric Dickins.
- The Checkout also spoke with Jack DeJohnette.
Elsewhere at NPR Music: