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Music Review: Joe Bonamassa – The Ballad Of John Henry

Joe Bonamassa, the complete blues musician, has arrived. Read More »

Music Review: Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts – Watts

The Wrath of Tain inspires an explosive jazz record with some social messages. Read More »

A Special Benefit Concert In Memory of Sean Costello

From the huge blow of Sean Costello's shocking death comes forth a positive, worthwhile cause. Read More »

Music Review: Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue: Legacy Edition

The quintessential jazz album attractively packaged and priced on two CDs. Read More »

Music Review: Umphrey’s McGee – Mantis

Umphrey's McGee makes an album without its legendary spontaneous composing. It's good in spite of that. Read More »

Music Review: The Derek Trucks Band – Already Free

This record by slide guitar wunderkind Derek Trucks has a lot of down home appeal. In more ways than one. Read More »

Music Review: Avishai Cohen – Flood

The second of Cohen's "The Big Rain" trilogy is an austere beauty of acoustic global fusion. Read More »

Music Review: Erik Friedlander – Broken Arm Trio

Friedlander shows us again why he's such a scary good whack jazz cellist. Read More »

Music Review: Arild Andersen – Live At Belleville

A masterful, wide-ranging live performance of a trio headed by one of Europe's top stand-up bass players. Read More »

whack jazz

Whack jazz is music that does not follow conventional song construction, tonality, and/or motifs. It's usually considered "jazz" due to the highly improvisional nature typically associated with this type of music and at being at least partially rooted in more traditional jazz forms, but not necessarily so. More formal definitions of the form might include "avant garde," "free jazz," "experimental," ... Read More »