Jazz

Ennio Morricone’s Mythic West

Ennio Morricone’s Mythic West

Throughout his marathon career, the late composer provided a guidebook to distilling story, legend and image into sonic form.

Tony Bennett: I Will Be Remembering Johnny Mandel

Tony Bennett: I Will Be Remembering Johnny Mandel

Our finest jazz and traditional-pop singer reflects on his collaborations with the late, great composer-arranger.

“A Very Powerful Thing Our Ancestors Gave Us”: A Conversation With Jon Batiste

“A Very Powerful Thing Our Ancestors Gave Us”: A Conversation With Jon Batiste

In a new single and in the streets, the pianist and bandleader furthers the great tradition of black American protest.

Jazz, the Blues & the LGBTQ Roots We Ignore

Jazz, the Blues & the LGBTQ Roots We Ignore

The beginnings of American popular music were anything but overwhelmingly straight.

Beautiful Momentum: Remembering Jimmy Cobb

Beautiful Momentum: Remembering Jimmy Cobb

Guitar champion Peter Bernstein remembers a mentor, friend, colleague and icon.

Essays  / Jazz
Jazz They’ve Got: Hip-Hop & Improvised Music’s Unbreakable Union

Jazz They’ve Got: Hip-Hop & Improvised Music’s Unbreakable Union

Five albums that demonstrate the myriad ways jazz sounds are currently percolating through hip-hop.

Keith Jarrett @ 75: Ecstatic Spontaneity on ECM

Keith Jarrett @ 75: Ecstatic Spontaneity on ECM

“Jarrett’s true gift is cumulative exponential improvisation…”

Remembering the Musicians Felled by COVID-19

Remembering the Musicians Felled by COVID-19

This continuing feature honors the musicians taken from us by the coronavirus.

Jazz & COVID-19: Artist-to-Artist Tributes

Jazz & COVID-19: Artist-to-Artist Tributes

Key tracks selected and annotated by current jazz greats.

Lee Konitz: 1927 – 2020

Lee Konitz: 1927 – 2020

Inside a career spent making revelatory melodic and harmonic discoveries, night after night, for seven decades.

The Voyager: Herbie Hancock @ 80

The Voyager: Herbie Hancock @ 80

In celebration of Hancock’s 80th birthday – eight tracks you might have missed

“The Standards of the ’70s”: José James Pays Tribute to Bill Withers

“The Standards of the ’70s”: José James Pays Tribute to Bill Withers

A still-rising jazz and soul singer remembers an R&B hero.

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