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See Hear!: Erroll Garner and Bill Evans – Two Views of a Trio

December 1st, 2010
Bill Evans Live

Once they had established a repertoire and following, jazz pianists could tour as single artists, adding bassists and drummers from venue to venue. Brad Jones explores the styles of two of the greatest.

See Hear!: Quincy and the Count

November 1st, 2010

A bandleader must be a tireless multitasker who can unite a large group of musicians while satisfying the egos of soloists; two of the greatest are featured here

Eggs Scrambled Differently: A Look at Wayne Shorter

September 1st, 2010

Saxophonist Wayne Shorter’s performances – improvisational, pointed, unpredictably brilliant – were the stuff of legend, and some pivotal examples were caught on film.

Open Ears on Clark Terry

July 1st, 2010

In his regular column, Brad Jones offers a warm tribute to a Jazz legend who has delighted audiences for over sixty years, from Duke Ellington’s band to the Tonight Show

Open Ear

June 1st, 2010

In his 94 years, Artie Shaw had eight wives and eight Gold Records–the man and his conquests are on display again in Tom Nolan’s new biography

The Word Made Full-Figured

November 1st, 2009

Counter-culture icon R. Crumb has produced an illustrated version of the Book of Genesis—sincere tribute, or sacrilege? Brad Jones adjudicates.


October 1st, 2009

In our second annual Fiction Bestseller List feature, our writers temporarily put aside their dogeared copies of Hume and Mann, roll up their sleeves, and dig into the ten bestselling novels in the land as of September 6, 2009 – in the tranquil days before a certain Dan Brown novel began tromping all over that list like Godzilla in downtown Tokyo. Before you spend your hard-earned money at the bookstore, join us in a tour of the way we read now.

‘You Gotta Get the First Beat Right’

September 1st, 2009

If you don’t know The Jazz Book, then as Miles Davis would say, ‘you ain’t never gonna know.’ Brad Jones shows us the groove.

‘The Dog is Going to Die’

August 1st, 2009

He transformed the American musical – and Judy Garland. Now Vincente Minelli has finally got his due – Brad Jones reviews America’s Dark Dreamer by Emanuel Levy.

Glory at Half Price

July 1st, 2009

Larry Tye has written a book about the greatest, longest baseball career to date; Brad Jones benches the Babe and tallies up Satchel.

Second Glance: He Hears Them Speaking

June 1st, 2009

You may have passed over Frederick Busch’s many novels on bookstore shelves; Brad Jones convinces you to stop and read the words.

The Last Train for the Coast

May 1st, 2009

The advent of the CD threw the retail music business into a disarray from which it hasn’t recovered. Brad Jones, a veteran of that disarray, reads Steve Knopper’s account of the industry’s Appetite for Self-Destruction.

Planned Rampage

April 1st, 2009

Novelists, playwrights, and filmmakers have begun weaving the Columbine shootings into their fiction. Reviewing Dave Cullen’s Columbine, Brad Jones concentrates on the sad facts alone.