Patrick Jarenwattananon

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What Was 'A Blog Supreme'?

Saturday, October 01, 2016

A history of NPR's jazz thing, and a goodbye, from its editor.


Songs We Love: Ben Wendel Group, 'Doubt'

Thursday, September 01, 2016

For a "jazz" song, there's not a ton of extended solo improvisation. But sometimes a great melody deserves a whole song to express itself, as in this instrumental cover of the band Wye Oak.


First Listen: The Bad Plus, 'It's Hard'

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The leaderless piano trio became famous for its cover songs more than a dozen years ago. Now, an all-covers record finds an established and quirky band once again testing its powers of interpretation.


René Marie: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, August 12, 2016

Joined by her Experiment In Truth band, the expressive, charismatic jazz singer performs songs from her new album, Sound Of Red.


Songs We Love: Slavic Soul Party!, 'Bluebird Of Delhi'

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

An American black-music take on the Balkan brass band does a bit of Ellington/Strayhorn exotica. It totally works in spite of, or maybe because of, the multiple dialects at play.


Herbie Hancock On His Next Album, Flying Lotus And Jupiter's Satellite

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Next week the great pianist presents a new lineup in concert. As he sees it, he's borrowing from the techniques of young cutting-edge musicians — who were themselves preceded by Miles Davis.


First Listen: Allen Toussaint, 'American Tunes'

Thursday, June 02, 2016

A posthumous album from the great behind-the-scenes man sets a retrospective, autumnal focus on songs which gave rise to Toussaint and his city — and thus to a bigger American music canon.


Songs We Love: Idris Ackamoor And The Pyramids, 'Rhapsody In Berlin'

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Reunited after three decades, the pan-African "cosmic jazz" experimentalists throw an extended and ecstatic dance party, with throwback funk vibes and multiculti merger.


Songs We Love: Sarah Vaughan, 'Fascinating Rhythm'

Thursday, April 28, 2016

It's but a standard warhorse, plucked from a seemingly random live date in 1978. But once she initiates the finale sequence, you can only shake your head and smile.


First Listen: Gregory Porter, 'Take Me To The Alley'

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The popular jazz singer follows a familiar pattern on his new album: It's acoustic, unconcerned with fashion or complexity, and both overpowering and soothing. That's a good thing.


First Listen: Snarky Puppy, 'Culcha Vulcha'

Thursday, April 21, 2016

To the extent that Snarky Puppy has a core sonic idea, it's an intricate melody over a multifaceted groove, as generated by multiple horn players, guitarists, keyboardists and percussionists.


Henry Threadgill Wins Music Pulitzer For 'In For A Penny, In For A Pound'

Monday, April 18, 2016

The saxophonist, flutist and beyond-jazz composer says the epic work frees up a method he'd developed over 15 years with his working ensemble Zooid.


The ELEW Trio With Veal And Tain

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Eric Lewis' career has circulated both in and out of what he calls "the jazz republic." Performing under his given name in the 1990s, Lewis was a powerful up-and-coming pianist who toured in the bands of Wynton Marsalis and Elvin Jones. As his career progressed — or failed to, from ...


Songs We Love: Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, 'Backbone'

Thursday, February 11, 2016

This tune comes from a demo tape of a band's first-ever public gig. The recording engineer was a 19-year-old college radio kid scrambling to capture 18 musicians in a tiny basement club. But half a century later, that kid now runs a record label and deemed his work good enough ...


At The DC Jazz Loft

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Jazz has its capital cities: major hubs like New York, Chicago and New Orleans. But the music manages plenty well in many other places, too. What goes into those smaller ecosystems to enable jazz to thrive? How do talented musicians make it happen? In search of some answers, we sought ...


Pedrito Martinez, Santero

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Pedrito Martinez is a world-class Afro-Cuban percussionist — a rumbero called upon by many jazz and pop stars when they need hand drumming, as well as a Grammy-nominated singing bandleader in his own right. He's also a Santería priest.

Those two aspects of Martinez's life are inextricably connected. In ...


What We Loved At Winter Jazzfest 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Like any music, jazz has its revolutions; its sudden incidents in infrastructure; its disruptive presences of unprecedented sound. Mostly it's slower than that, though, with years and generations of accretions before it seems to call for new vocabulary. That's one way to look at Winter Jazzfest, whose latest incarnation occupied ...


Esperanza Spalding Is Letting Emily Be Emily

Friday, January 08, 2016

"Devolution burns inside me," sings Esperanza Spalding on "One," a track from her upcoming album, Emily's D+Evolution. She's playing with the idea of a "modern mind" being afflicted by a "primal urge," and more broadly about how, sometimes, great strides in our development are inspired by less-enlightened versions of ...


Paul Bley, Influential Jazz Pianist, Has Died

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Bley's long-standing commitment to thoughtful yet intuitive performance proved adaptable to many different settings for nearly seven decades. He was 83.


Toast Of The Nation 2016

Friday, January 01, 2016

A tradition that dates back to the 1970s, NPR Music presents an all-night broadcast of live jazz performances every New Year's Eve.

In a sequence of high-energy concerts, performers counted down to midnight and rang in the new year across four time zones, with performances in Boston; Newport, R.I.; New ...