The hymn “Be Still My Soul” was one of the songs that Dave Douglas’ mom asked him to play at her funeral. Now, he’s recorded the tune. But well before he even heard the melody, it had already seen many different lives.
The jazz trio returns to covering classic rock, folk and pop tunes on its latest album, Where Do You Start. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the band’s take on Elvis Costello, Nick Drake, Sonny Rollins and more.
Joe Jackson’s new album, The Duke, is a tribute to fellow musical pioneer Duke Ellington. The album, however, is not meant as a faithful, note-for-note re-creation. In fact, it features almost no horns.
With a sweetly ferocious style, the alto saxophonist bridged the post-bop of the 1950s and ’60s to the jazz fusion of the ’70s and beyond. For his birthday anniversary, hear some of the recordings which made him jazz royalty.
Fox is a rising star who’s invigorating the jazz-guitar tradition. With an amazing set of chops and a pure tone, Fox cooks whether playing bebop or ballads. She plays an original and then tears it up on a Cole Porter tune with Marian McPartland and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi.
There comes a time in a jazz fan’s life when he or she realizes that the rabbit hole goes far, far deeper than previously imagined. The new Spotify app from Blue Note Records begins to make sense of the data jumble in which fans happily abandon themselves.
It’s hard to imagine two styles more different than jazz and punk rock. But as these songs demonstrate, the spirit of adventure has been a part of both genres’ musical trajectories. Hear the Lounge Lizards, John Zorn and Garage a Trois.