Nate Chinen

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A 'Stella' For Springtime, Snowstorms Or Starlight

Monday, March 13, 2017

While the Northeast prepares for the arrival of March snowstorm named Stella, our jazz critic gets a different 'Stella,' one with links to Ella and Miles and Herbie, stuck in his head.


First Watch: Kurt Rosenwinkel, 'Casio Vanguard'

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Kurt Rosenwinkel, one of the most influential jazz guitarist of the last 20 years, has been working for a decade on a new album. Now it's finally coming out, along with this remarkable animated video.


A Jazz Fact Check Of 'La La Land'

Thursday, February 23, 2017

There are many takes about what La La Land gets right or wrong about jazz. This episode explores how the tension between illusion and disillusion plays out among real musicians in Los Angeles.


Listen: Preservation Hall Jazz Band Doubles Down On Afro-Cuban Connection

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The musical connection between Cuba and New Orleans, which runs deeper than many listeners realize, forms a strong subtext on the next Preservation Hall Jazz Band album, So It Is.


In 'Real Enemies,' Darcy James Argue Confronts A Post-Truth World

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Secret Society bandleader says his latest composition explores "the present-day folklore that we call conspiracy theories" — no tinfoil hat required.


The Standard Bearers: In Jazz Categories, The Grammys Remain Focused On The Past

Friday, February 10, 2017

If you're a jazz musician looking for recognition from the Grammy Awards, it helps to be playing a song that's familiar.


Marilyn Maye: The Queen Of Cabaret

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The 88-year-old singer and actress is a living legend. She's performed with artists like Count Basie and Charlie Parker, and appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson an unprecedented 76 times.


Watch Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau Perform 'The Old Shade Tree' Live

Thursday, January 26, 2017

There's an Elliott Smith-ian sensibility to the duo's original song, played here live at the Bowery Ballroom just before Mehldau and Thile went into the studio.


Songs We Love: Charles Lloyd & The Marvels, 'Masters Of War (Feat. Lucinda Williams)'

Friday, January 20, 2017

Bob Dylan's song is a blunt object, liturgical in its cadence and damning in its censure. The saxophonist and singer tackle it with grace and a small but useful tension.


Radical Imagination: Jazz And Social Justice

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Transformations Suite is Samora Pinderhughes' ambitious new work combining music, words and visuals — inspired by African-American resistance and protest movements.


The Soundcheck Guide To Bassist Charlie Haden

Friday, July 18, 2014

Last week, the jazz world lost the renowned and influential bassist Charlie Haden, who died at 76. Nate Chinen, the jazz and pop critic for the New York Times, reflects on Haden's div...


The Soundcheck Guide To Bassist Charlie Haden; Marco Benevento Sings; Keren Ann Plays Live

Friday, July 18, 2014

In this episode: Last week, the jazz world lost Charlie Haden, who died at the age of 76. One of the most influential bassists of all time, Haden played with luminaries like Ornette Colman, Pat Metheny, and Keith Jarrett -- with whom he recorded the fittingly titled album, Last Dance, released about a month ago. But he also sometimes stepped outside of the jazz realm, revisiting the country music of his childhood spent touring with his family’s band. Nate Chinen, the jazz and pop critic for the New York Times reflects on Charlie Haden's diverse musical career and shares a couple of his must-hear recordings.

Then: You may know Marco Benevento from his winding, sonically rich instrumentals -- or from the Soundcheck theme song, which he wrote. But now, with help of producer Richard Swift, Benevento's forthcoming album, Swift, features the longtime keyboardist singing. Get a taste with his new song "At The Show" -- and watch the music video.

And: Singer and guitarist Keren Ann wowed fans three years ago with a collection of smoky pop songs. Hear her perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

Smooth Jazz Sets Sail

Friday, February 21, 2014

Writer Nate Chinen details the evolution of smooth jazz from airwaves to sea waves. 

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The Rolling Stones In 50 Songs; Saint Rich Plays Live; Smooth Jazz

Friday, February 21, 2014

In this episode: Next week, in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first playing in the U.S., Soundcheck is reigniting the most important debate of our day: The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones with a live Smackdown at the New York Public Library. (You can make your case here.)

So in the lead-up, we revisit a recent segment with Bill Janovitz, music writer and founding member of the group Buffalo Tom, who wrote 50 essays for his book called Rocks Off: 50 Tracks that Tell The Story Of The Rolling Stones.

Then, New Jersey-bred indie rock band Saint Rich is derived from another band, the instrumental outfit Delicate Steve. Hear the band play songs from its debut album, Beyond the Drone, in the Soundcheck studio.

And: Smooth jazz -- which had its heyday in the 1980's and early ‘90s -- is making a comeback, especially out at sea. Nate Chinen, jazz and pop critic at The New York Times, discusses the evolution of the much maligned genre, and its resurgence via the cruise industry.


Pick Three: Nate Chinen

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

We continue our Pick Three series with New York Times music critic Nate Chinen, who presents a trio of must-listen new releases.

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The Plight of Jazz in New York

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The recent recession took its toll on New York's jazz community, especially musicians and small venues. And earlier this year, JVC withdrew its sponsorship of the JVC Jazz Festival, leaving the city without a major summer jazz festival for the first time in almost 40 years. Today: how the city's ...

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The Incomplete Year in Music

Friday, July 31, 2009

On the this final day of July, we look back at the best music released so far in 2009. Three music critics lend a hand: Nate Chinen of the New York Times on rock, pop and rap; Anastasia Tsioulcas of Gramophone magazine on classical and opera; and Will Layman of ...

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Pride's Deadly Medley

Friday, March 27, 2009

Our series "Seven Sins: The Deadly Medley" concludes with a look at how pride has shaped music in a variety of genres. Considered the most serious of the "seven deadly sins," pride turns out to be a pretty versatile tool in songwriting. New York Times music critic Nate Chinen and ...

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Live Music on a Tight Budget

Monday, February 02, 2009

The image of the concert hall as a playground for the rich is planted deep in the cultural psyche but in fact you can get a ticket to the Metropolitan opera for as little as $15. Today on Soundcheck: New Yorker Critic Alex Ross and New York Times critic Nate ...

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Radiohead Passes the Tip Jar

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Ever since they completed their EMI record deal with 2003's "Hail to the Thief," Radiohead has been the world's biggest unsigned band. Now, singer Thom Yorke and his bandmates are releasing a new album, "In Rainbows," on the Internet and letting fans decide how much to pay for it. We ...

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