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Poet and translator Coleman Barks’s pursuit of the 13th-century mystic Jalal ad-Din Rumi has led him down many strange paths, none quite so bizarre as the 2005 pilgrimage he made...
At various venues on Saturday and Sunday (June 28 and 29) It’s Monday morning and I have a jazz hangover, despite having consumed nothing more noxious than Perrier and some ill-...
David Fathead Newman & the Tilden Webb TrioCellar Groove (Cellar Live) With Cellar Groove, jazz impresario Cory Weeds has dug deep into his archive for a 2004 club date all...
TriologyTriology (Cellar Live) This first release from collaborators Bill Coon (guitar), Jodi Proznick (bass), and Miles Black (piano) is as old-school as old-school gets—and its...
Neelamjit Dhillon QuartetKomagata Maru (Independent) It’s a sombre kind of beauty, but it’s beautiful nonetheless. Listened to simply as music, divorced from the sociopolitical...
The defining quality of Harris Eisenstadt’s Golden State quartet, other than its unusual instrumentation, has to be the intricacy of its leader’s compositions. Riding on the...
There’s a good chance that Nate Wooley’s upcoming solo set will contain some of the most radical music on offer at this year’s TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Although...
Cory WeedsAs of Now (Cellar Live) What do you get when you put four extroverts in a room? Generally, I suppose, the answer would be “a clash of competing egos”, but not when the...
For proof of music’s healing power, look no further than 78-year-old Harold Mabern, who’s backed Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, and Wes Montgomery, and who’s just done the same...
Mike Allen Quartet with Hugh FraserPanorama (Cellar Live) Panorama is nominally saxophonist Mike Allen’s album; it’s his name that’s shown in big type on the cover. But a close...

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