Music: Reviews and Interviews

I was the Times’ jazz critic for more than 10 years, placing artists and music into a broad cultural context while focusing on a rising new vanguard. But I also covered an assortment of artists who struck my fancy. Here’s a few:

  • Artist profiles and interviews

Sharon Van Etten changes up the psychology of her songwriting on ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’

With ‘Sleep Well Beast,’ the National brings new layers to gloom and heartache

Ojai Music Festival expands its eclectic vision under the eye of Vijay Iyer

Kamasi Washington expands jazz’s boundaries with ‘The Epic’

Wayne Shorter marks his 80th, but is far from ‘finished’

Jazz echoes through the ribs of the Blue Whale

  • Music Criticism

Commentary: Hugh Hefner left a problematic legacy, but his Playboy Jazz Festival endures

Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington cross the generational divide at the Hollywood Bowl

Transcending genre labels, Vijay Iyer leads the Ojai Music Festival toward bold new territory

Live review: Radiohead reflects on a timeless body of work at the Shrine

Appreciation: Jazz musician Charlie Haden spoke for beauty

Jazz review: Charlie Haden speaks volumes

‘Blurred Lines’ verdict: In jazz, the vibe is everything

Critic’s Notebook: San Francisco turns the sound up with SFJAZZ Center
This landed on the front page. This also may be bragging.

Critic’s Notebook: Vince Guaraldi’s ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ score is a gift

Critic’s Notebook: Cutting edge jazz is missing at the Bowl

Other interviews: El Vy, Norah JonesThe National’s ‘Mistaken for Strangers,’ Nels Cline, Robert Glasper, Charles Lloyd, Dave Holland, The Bad Plus, Ambrose Akinmusire, Vijay Iyer, Norah JonesMedeski Martin and Wood, Christian Scott, Robert Glasper, Esperanza SpaldingCharlie Hunter, Skerik, Anthony Wilson, Gerald Wilson, Calexico, Sparklehorse

More reviews and features: David Bowie, Spiritualized, Nicholas Payton hears BAM, Appreciation: Al Jarreau, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Cecile McLorin Salvant,  Wayne ShorterThe Grammys: New voices in jazz, Backstage at SFJAZZ Center, Jazz Bakery finds a home, Where jazz and dance music meetAppreciation: Dave Brubeck,  Atoms for Peace, Medeski Martin and Wood, Keith Jarrett, ‘Joni’s Jazz’, Allman Brothers, Robert GlasperObituary: Chico HamiltonHerbie Hancock, Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran, Angel City Jazz Festival, Ornette Coleman, Esperanza Spalding, Sonny Rollins, Ambrose Akinmusire, Alternative jazz venues in L.A., Playboy Jazz Festival plays it smooth

Album reviewsRadiohead, Vijay Iyer & Mike LaddPearl Jam, Fela Kuti, Dawn of Midi, Solo piano albums 2013, Best jazz of 2012, Miles Davis: Live in Europe 1969, Live albums of 2012

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