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Montage of Heck (2015) – Fascinating yet terrifying intimate look at icon Kurt Corbain

Wow. I was already impressed by the previous Brett Morgen rockumentary Some Kind of Monster, but this one was even more moving and insightful. Kurt Corbain is probably the most enigmatic figure of my formative adult years and of many … Continue reading

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Movie Review: ‘Round Midnight (1986) – A Jazz Masterpiece

I read Herbie Hancock’s autobiography, Possibilities, a few weeks ago and he talked about winning the Oscar for the soundtrack of ‘Round Midnight which he also acted in. This peaked my curiosity so I watched it on the airplane on … Continue reading

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Music Review: “My Side of Town” by The Roadside Bombs – The Boys of ‘Noma Slam It Home

I could justifiably be accused of nepotism, but I want to plug my cousin Ben’s band  The Roadside Bombs and their debut CD just out called “My Side of Town” on Chapter 11 records. Ben has been a punk rock singer … Continue reading

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Chi Ming and Marcus Miller in Shanghai

I lucked out today in Shanghai. After arriving unseasonably early at 5am and crashing at my hotel until 9:30am, I headed out with a few friends to enjoy the beautiful weather, have a few suits tailor-made (less than $200!), visit … Continue reading

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TV Series: Ken Burn’s Jazz (2001) – Beautiful documentary but based on flawed premises

I have been reading a LOT about jazz lately (see my articles on Monk, Miles, Giddens, etc). Through this reading, I bumped into the existence of the world’s record holding for sheer length (19+ hours) documentary by Ken Burns that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Thelonious Monk by Robin D. G. Kelley – The Genius

Continuing in my reading about jazz, I just finished the masterpiece Thelonious Monk by Robin D. G. Kelley. It was an incredible read about a largely misunderstood genius. I have always enjoyed listening to Monk, but never exactly understood why. … Continue reading

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Debates about Jazz – Mtume vs Crouch back in 2010

A colleague passed me a link to this Mtume/Crouch debate, and it was fascinating. I am realising that in Jazz Criticism there is a sort of more conservative school lead by Ken Burns / Stanley Crouch / Wynton Marsalis, and … Continue reading

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