John Scofield: one of ‘the big 75’ of contemporary jazz guitar

It’s the week of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in America, and I’m in a taxi heading into downtown Manhattan. Images of the four fres(...)

Guitarist Pat Metheny can be hard to pin down. To hardcore fans he is the musical deity who leads the Pat Metheny Group, a crafter of blissed-out groo(...)

Gary Husband & Alex Machecek: Now
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  • January 24, 2014, 00:00

Known to some as the drummer with clean-limbed 1980s sophisto- pop group Level 42, and to others as the keyboardist in John McLaughlin’s stellar 4t(...)

Brad Mehldau: ‘I’ve never believed in musical monogamy per se’

The ballad of Brad Mehldau is one with many verses. Over the years, this gifted player has spent time in action on many fronts. There was the early sp(...)

Magnus Öström: Searching for Jupiter
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  • September 13, 2013, 00:00

Former EST drummer Magnus Öström was forced to rethink his musical life five years ago, when his friend and collaborator Esbjörn Svensson died trag(...)

Vibes master Gary Burton has been making his own sound since the late 1960s, and if it sounds less thoroughly unique today, it’s only because he ha(...)

PAT METHENY Tap: John Zorn’s Book of Angels, Vol. 20 Nonesuch HHHH Influential composer John Zorn began writing tunes inspired by his Jewish (...)

On stage, in full flight, there’s an exuberant creativity and abandonment to the moment in Derry-born guitarist Tommy Half(...)

Drummer Chris Dave: ‘I’m like a lab rat. I don’t really like to leave the studio so it’s hard to walk out the door unless I’m getting on a plane to play’

When a top jazz drummer rolls into town, usually what happens is that a small group of fans gets very excited, and the rest of the music world (...)

Antonio Sanchez: New Life
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  • March 12, 2013, 12:31

As the rhythmic drumming powerhouse behind guitarist Pat Metheny for the past decade, Antonio Sanchez has built a reputation as a percussionist(...)