Review: PAK – “NYJPN”

Listening to PAK, composer Ron Anderson’s vehicle driving through ears a frenetic pastiche of jazz, funk and math-rock, can be transcendent. Writing about them, though, is a whole other matter. It’s a little like unraveling a knot, ...

Songs That Kill: Des’ree, “You Gotta Be”

I have resisted discussion of the one-hit wonder up to this point of the series because it never felt appropriate to the topic’s central theme. That theme is how overwhelming and outrageous fortune either caused career momentum to crash (The Rembrandts), caused ...

10 Essential Albums for Starting a Jazz Collection

If I’ve seen it once I’ve seen it a hundred times. Someone just getting into jazz ventures online looking for some music to start with, and is instantly inundated with about 500 different choices. Everyone has their own ideas about the ...

The Weekly Mixtape: 3/4/11 (Five-Star Jazz)

The concept behind this week’s mixtape should be self-explanatory. This is a set of some of the best jazz music I’ve ever heard. The trouble with jazz, as most fans would agree, is that it’s really not something that should be ...

Dw. Dunphy On… “Oooo, But It’s Good”

Jack Sheldon is many things, from a world-class jazz trumpeter to the musical director/bandleader of the old Merv Griffin talk show to a Bill on Capitol Hill. He’s also known for his bizarre sense of humor, a side of his personality ...