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Posts Tagged ‘Lyle Link’
Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is enough to constitute a full-on and fervent spiritual experience.
A tribute to a great jazz mentor and a steady bandleading gig for Joe Brotherton
Saturday, August 9
Here's what I had to say last August, in my review of the New Vintage Jazz & Wine Festival at the Half Street Fairgrounds:
Despite unending claims of jazz's death, people are willing to pay good money to see this music....indeed well worth paying for. It was incredible, flavorful music that brought head bobs [...]
Thursday, July 24
If you haven't heard Lyle Link on saxophone before, brace yourself. The image that his sound calls to mind is that of a scimitar: strong, elegant, full of opulent curves—and ready to run through your gut in a second. It's simply a sound like no other, and Link carries it with him across [...]
Thursday, Nov. 21
As I've noted, the older (pre-bebop) styles of jazz have a very small toehold in D.C. and even more diminutive press coverage. The former, those of us who write about jazz can't do much with; the latter, we can and should. Especially when the practitioners of those styles have the sheer vitality of [...]
Thursday, July 18
I've talked before about the unique approach of this season's Take 5! series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Kogod Courtyard. To wit, local young musicians are tackling the writing of elder statesmen in dedicated programs. Since 2013 began, though, there's been a particular concentration on Wayne Shorter, the titanic saxophonist and composer [...]
Hey, D.C.! It's been Jazz Appreciation Month, and though Setlist hasn't thrown it around much you've probably heard about it anyway. (It's also being called "JazzApril" this year.) So here's a way to wrap up the celebration of great music—with great music (and a terribly witty Parks and Rec allusion. You're welcome).
Thursday, April 25
To play [...]
Friday, Feb. 22
When local pianist Darius Scott came down with the flu this past week, he was unable to make an announced gig at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival. The person he called to take over the gig? That was Antonio Parker, who put on an absolutely crackling set of blues, modal jazz, and a [...]
That's right, folks—the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival starts tomorrow in Rockville! It extends the whole weekend, and we'll have a preview of it on Arts Desk tomorrow. Go if you can, but if you can't, here are some other possibilities.
Friday, Feb. 15
There were no polls last year for Best Jazz Album Title, which was unfortunate for [...]