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Music, Hear This Dave Douglas

Dave Douglas

From his thrilling jousts with avant-garde bad boy John Zorn in Masada to his more accessible compositions for numerous award-winning solo projects, NYC trumpeter Dave Douglas bridges the chasm between mainstream and underground jazz like few other contemporary bandleaders. His…
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Music, Reviewed Art Ensemble of Chicago

Art Ensemble of Chicago

Four years ago, the jazz world mourned the sudden loss of Art Ensemble of Chicago trumpeter Lester Bowie, one of the genre's great innovators and a consummate showman whose infectious sense of humor made him, in the words of bassist…
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Unhealthy for the Unwealthy I applaud Lisa Davis' cover story on nursing homes ("Trickledown Health Care," Sept. 11). She put her finger on the fundamental cause of inadequate care: low staffing levels. I am a nursing home ombudsman. I am…
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What Wynton Doesn't Hear

In a recent Utne Reader article, grandly titled "The Music of Democracy," neo-conservative Wynton Marsalis blows off the last three decades in the evolution of jazz. He implies that all new-music developments in the years since Coltrane have been driven…
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