Universal Remonster 5


Rational Funk fans, rejoice! Dave King returns in Lights, Cameron, Jackson, a new series written by Dave and directed by Noah Hutton. James Diers also stars…

More tributes to Hentoff: Terry Teachout, Hank Shteamer, David Reaboi, David A. Graham.

Ryan Rifai: KKK members leave Klan after befriending black musician Daryl Davis.

Ira Madison III: Damien Chazelle’s tribute to jazz music is a trojan horse white savior film in tap shoes.

Adam Shatz: Frank Kimbrough’s album Solstice and the late Paul Bley.

Alex Ross on Daniil Trifonov.

David Menestres reviews Free Jazz, Harmolodics, and Ornette Coleman by Stephen Rush. I’m looking over a copy of the book myself. When it comes to decoding Ornette, the more the merrier.

The long interviews with Ornette are great, but I wonder if Rush gives enough credit to Ornette’s collaborators. Ornette was a sage, but his best music was a group effort. My own essay attempts to set the record straight; also relevant is this recent passage from the NYC Jazz Record interview with G. Calvin Weston (image stolen from a tweet by Hank Shteamer):



Peter Avellino’s amusing and discursive review of The Nice Guys taught me a lot.

I don’t read much literary fiction but Christian Lorentzen’s big essay about “Obama Lit” makes a lot of sense.

Finally, Bliss Bowen asked some good questions in this interview previewing  TBP’s Santa Monica show next week (which is the closest we are getting to LA this season).