Monday, January 09, 2012


Marc Ribot discusses the trials and tribulations about organizing for the Winter JazzFest
In the long run, the way to substantially impact the lives of indie musicians is for the union to move beyond "protection from" and into "power and leverage against" those who profit directly or indirectly from our labor.
Jazz Times cranks out their annotated The Top 50 Releases of 2011.
We compiled our top 40 new releases and top 10 historical/reissue recordings of 2011 using year end lists by our writers. (They were asked to submit ranked lists of 10 new releases and five historical/reissues.) Only CDs and box sets released between Nov. 1, 2010 and Nov. 1, 2011 were eligible.
Their critics list is here.

Destination-Out memorializes Sam Rivers in epic and classy fashion with a fine essay and mp3's.
We were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of the great Sam Rivers. That last name is as right as rain — his talents were so varied, multifarious, they were like streams that fed into the greater ocean of jazz. Best known as a great saxophonist equally adept at the tenor and soprano, he was also a remarkable flutist and pianist, who quietly put his stamp on both instruments.
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