Bye 2021, a year that can’t fall into the memory hole fast enough, but briefly looking back and collecting a few pieces of writing work below:
Where to Begin With Biosphere’s Dreamlike Electronica
A Guide to Equiknoxx, Who Are Reinventing the Sound of Dancehall
Rob Mazurek May Have Made Marfa’s Great Cosmic Jazz Album
Lisa Alvarado’s Art Transports and Transforms
Gang of Four changed the way punk sounded and what it could say.
Don Cherry is a deserving giant of jazz. Now his wife, Moki, gets her due as his visionary collaborator.
A Flashback to the Sound of ’90s Ambient Electronic
Gas Tanks & Synesthesia: The Free Jazz of Germán Bringas
“Blue” Gene Tyranny Was Texas’s Greatest Piano Prodigy
Alice Coltrane is finally heralded as a jazz great. A new reissue doesn’t do her justice.
Leslie Winer’s Music Was a Mystery in 1990. She Still Likes It That Way.
Behind the smokescreens, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry was a true master of sound and spacetime.
Twenty Years Ago, William Basinski Witnessed 9/11—and Memorialized It in Music
Saint Etienne looks to the past but limits the nostalgia.
In 1977, Kraig Kilby Spied the Future of Jazz
Shackleton Remains a Mystery
Blues, jazz, electronica – It all flows through Ben LaMar Gay.
Horizon, the Groovy Granddaddy of San Antonio Funk
2021 was the year smooth jazz gave us some serenity.