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Grammys Snubs and Surprises: Kacey Musgraves, Jon Batiste and Abba
A jazz musician snagged the most nominations, and the Weeknd, an artist who said he’s boycotting the awards, found his name on the ballot.
Rather than some shadowy cabal taking the members top vote-getters, considering them and then making their own final decision on the nominees anyway, the Recording Academy says these picks are pure: … [+2171 chars]
Jon Caramanica, Joe Coscarelli and Jon Pareles
2021-11-23 20:16:32




Dave Frishberg, Jazz Songwriter and ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ Contributor, Dies
A gifted jazz pianist and a singer with a limited range but a distinctive voice, he wrote mostly for grown-ups but reached his largest audience on “Schoolhouse Rock!”
Dave Frishberg, the jazz songwriter whose sardonic wit as a lyricist and melodic cleverness as a composer placed him in the top echelon of his craft, died on Wednesday in Portland, Ore. He was 88. H… [+1144 chars]
Barry Singer
2021-11-17 23:54:06




Cowboy Bebop's Musicians Jam Out in a New Behind-the-Scenes Video
If Yoko Kanno didn’t return to write the music for Netflix’s new live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop, there really wouldn’t have been a reason to do it. Her jazz-infused score practically defines Cowboy Bebop as much as Spike, Faye, Jet Black, and Ein comb…
If Yoko Kanno didnt return to write the music for Netflixs new live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop, there really wouldnt have been a reason to do it. Her jazz-infused score practically defines Cow… [+1546 chars]
Germain Lussier
2021-11-16 00:00:00




Slide Hampton, Celebrated Trombonist, Composer and Arranger, Dies at 89
He began playing professionally as a child, worked with some of jazz’s biggest names in the late 1950s, and remained a leading figure in the music for the next 60 years.
They never lacked for gigs, but they did lack a trombone player, a deficit the elder Mr. Hampton remedied by handing the instrument to his youngest son when he was 12 and teaching him to play it. He … [+1396 chars]
Clay Risen
2021-11-24 21:56:45




The Rhodes electric piano is back with a hefty price tag
After months of teasing, the legendary Rhodes piano is back, with Rhodes Music Group opening pre-orders for the new MK8 model on Wednesday. It costs an eye-watering $9,450. And that's only the price of the base model. Want the rad transparent hood? That's an …
After months of teasing, the legendary Rhodes piano is back, with Rhodes Music Group opening pre-orders for the new MK8 model on Wednesday. It costs an eye-watering $9,450. And that's only the price … [+1263 chars]
Igor Bonifacic
2021-12-02 00:08:33




The Beats Fit Pro Are Apple's Best Earbuds Ever
The latest Beats in-ears are by far the best everyday headphones for iPhone owners.
This is where Beats steps away from its parent company: It opens up the ecosystem a bit for people who use different hardware or who like a bit more customizability to their style. Beats has a great … [+2904 chars]
Parker Hall
2021-11-11 13:00:00




Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop Fails
The live-action adaptation is an overwrought performance of the beloved anime rather than a bold reimagining.
In bold L.E.D. lettering, the word PORN broadcasts itself behind a rooftop fight scene early on in Netflixs new live-action Cowboy Bebopeach letter a different color and shape, like a cutout from a t… [+3261 chars]
Cecilia D'Anastasio
2021-11-19 17:06:19




One Composer, Four Players, ‘Seven Pillars’
Andy Akiho’s 11-part, 80-minute new work for percussion quartet is a lush, brooding celebration of noise.
It wasnt so many years before his Rome Prize that Akiho didnt think of himself as a composer at all. He grew up in Columbia, S.C.; his white Southern mother met his father, a Japanese hibachi chef, w… [+1633 chars]
Zachary Woolfe
2021-12-02 11:12:12




What Netflix's ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Gets Right and Wrong
“Cowboy Bebop” is widely considered one of the best anime series of all time. Does Netflix’s live-action adaptation recapture the magic? Yes and no.
Crucially, the soundtrack also lives up to its predecessor. With its unforgettable opening theme, Tank!, and the vast array of carefully composed and curated music in each episode, from raucous jazz … [+1529 chars]
Maya Phillips
2021-11-23 17:50:40




Jon Batiste leads Grammy nominations with 11; Justin Bieber gets eight - Reuters
Jazz musician Jon Batiste led nominations on Tuesday for the Grammy Awards with 11 nods, followed by Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, and H.E.R.
LOS ANGELES, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Jazz musician Jon Batiste led nominations on Tuesday for the Grammy Awards with 11 nods, followed by Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, and H.E.R. Batiste and Bieber will compe… [+451 chars]

2021-11-23 18:14:00




Damon Locks – Black Monument Ensemble review – an eruption of groove-driven free jazz
EartH, LondonBringing the adventurous spirit of Chicago to the London jazz festival, Locks directs his group through black-caped dance – and they respond with an astonishing tumult of soundChicago has long been a home for the experimental fringes of improvise…
Chicago has long been a home for the experimental fringes of improvised music. Ever since free jazz pianist Muhal Richard Abrams co-founded the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians i… [+2009 chars]
Ammar Kalia
2021-11-16 13:10:25




Kenny G: ‘Criticism didn’t affect me then, and it doesn’t affect me now’
In the HBO documentary Listening to Kenny G, the unusual appeal of the much-maligned ‘smooth jazz’ musician is put under the spotlightPenny Lane, who has directed a new music documentary centered on Kenny G, has no interest in music documentaries and would ne…
Penny Lane, who has directed a new music documentary centered on Kenny G, has no interest in music documentaries and would never voluntarily listen to a Kenny G record. Biographical documentaries on … [+9818 chars]
Jim Farber
2021-12-01 07:04:00




The beat goes on: the new British jazz messengers
The UK jazz renaissance shows no sign of letting up and – from Nubya Garcia to Xhosa Cole – it’s a fresh wave of Black talent that’s pushing things forwardWith a concert at the Proms, a Mercury prize nomination and widespread acclaim for her debut album, Sour…
With a concert at the Proms, a Mercury prize nomination and widespread acclaim for her debut album, Source, Nubya Garcia has had a very good year. More importantly, the saxophonist is one of several … [+6581 chars]
Kevin Le Gendre
2021-11-08 08:00:25




Listen to Music All Day, Get More Done
Music, as Dick Clark once said, is the soundtrack of your life. Even if you weren’t exactly aware of that, it’s true. You’re probably listening to music while in your...
Music, as Dick Clark once said, is the soundtrack of your life. Even if you werent exactly aware of that, its true. Youre probably listening to music while in your car, dancing with your significant … [+7554 chars]
John Rampton
2021-11-15 15:00:45




MusicNL Announces Winners of 2021 Music Awards - VOCM
MusicNL has announced the winners of the 2021 Music Awards. Taking home two awards each were Ofra Harnoy, Quot...
MusicNL has announced the winners of the 2021 Music Awards. Taking home two awards each were Ofra Harnoy, Quote the Raven, Kelly McMichael and Maria Cherwick. Labrador band The Flummies walked away … [+1135 chars]
Nick Ward
2021-12-05 14:00:00




Go behind the scenes of Cowboy Bebop’s music with the singular Yoko Kanno
The Cowboy Bebop soundtrack is renowned, and the Netflix live-action remake brings most of the score from Seatbelts back. In a new feature for the show, composer Yoko Kanno explains the jazz process.
KIRSTY GRIFFIN/NETFLIX Watch jazz, man Continue reading…
Matt Patches
2021-11-16 00:04:17




Dawuna: meet the nighthawk behind one of 2021’s masterpiece albums
Ian Mugerwa escaped hometown racism and a traumatic relationship to move to New York, where his electronic R&B has become a word-of-mouth triumphFew albums that get dropped into the internet void then take on a life of their own through word of mouth alone. B…
Few albums that get dropped into the internet void then take on a life of their own through word of mouth alone. But when New York-based artist Ian Mugerwa, AKA Dawuna, created a record of luminous R… [+4428 chars]
Nathan Evans
2021-11-08 14:00:32




Young New Yorkers Discover Manhattan's Classic Cocktail Bars
Bemelmans Bar now has bouncers. And at the Rainbow Room, a post-punk after party.
It was a scene that would have shocked Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, a longtime patron of the Carlyle: a security team had been posted inside the hotels corridor to manage the crowds lining up for its … [+5010 chars]
Alyson Krueger
2021-11-26 10:00:22




Dave tops nominations at 2021 Mobo awards
Chart-topping rapper will compete in five categories, with Central Cee, Ghetts, Little Simz and AJ Tracey also in contention for prizesDave, the rapper who topped the charts this year with his emotionally rich sophomore album We’re All Alone in This Together,…
Dave, the rapper who topped the charts this year with his emotionally rich sophomore album Were All Alone in This Together, leads the nominations at the 2021 Mobo awards, which acknowledge the best B… [+3475 chars]
Ben Beaumont-Thomas
2021-11-11 13:00:07




Pen-banging crooners and songs about broccoli: TikTok’s outlandish take on pop
Huge stars like Justin Bieber have made singles designed to go viral on TikTok. Yet the platform’s pop scene is far weirder – from internet drama turned into 40-second tunes, to singers famous for making ‘adorable faces’The means by which music is played inva…
The means by which music is played invariably affects music itself: jazz changed with the introduction of the LP, which allowed longer pieces to be released; the arrival of the CD gave the world the … [+4389 chars]
Alexis Petridis
2021-11-08 12:00:30
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