The Estonian composer’s contemplative yet powerful music has found popularity beyond the borders of classical music. He’s making a rare appearance in the U.S. to attend a festival of his music.
The soul singer keeps reinventing others’ songs and himself. James’ new album is more direct than his earlier material in some ways, and more experimental in others, but grounded in a soulful groove.
In a session from 1998, the pianist performs his original “Oh, Look at Me Now” and duets with host Marian McPartland for George Gershwin’s “They Can’t Take that Away From Me.”
Though the composer and singer-songwriter wasn’t raised in Los Angeles, The Ambassador feels like a musical tour of the city, right down to specific addresses used as song titles.
Marvel at the musical flow — even in non-Western modes and odd, long meters at breakneck speeds — in this set, recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Nearly three-quarters of a century old, the label remains a showcase for jazz soloing in every possible mood and temperament. Here are our picks for sublime moments from the catalog.
Musicians and insiders talk to NPR about the jazz label’s legacy. “It’s just like the Empire State Building or the White House,” says one. “It’s a monument.”
During the ’60s, Shorter came to the fore not only as a saxophonist, but as a composer with a sixth sense for how to break the rules of harmony. His band launches new ideas off old themes in concert.
At her record company’s 75th-anniversary gala, the singer-songwriter performs with her labelmates — some of whom, like Wayne Shorter and Jason Moran, happen to be modern jazz stars.
In the ’50s, ’60s and beyond, they were among the artists who defined hard bop and soul jazz. They revisit the hits in concert, but not without some chortling commentary from Sweet Poppa Lou.