Jazz Monk at a Hundred
Thelonious Monk was a bebop pioneer who swiftly left that medium behind for a style of music entirely his own making.
Film Noir The Past Was Yours
A look at Robert Mitchum’s greatest picture on his centennial.
The Year of Ella Stage Gone Long
A consideration of Ella Fitzgerald’s best performance in her centennial year.
The Rosebud Blooms More Able Than Kane
Yes, Citizen Kane is great, but that’s not the half of it. The more Orson Welles was forced to improvise and budget down, the better he got.
Retroview Greater Than Gatsby
We ought to be borne back ceaselessly into Fitzgerald’s genius—and not just to his reputed masterwork.
Reviews Blues Upside Your Head
New collections of classic works by Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters enable a better appreciation of a beloved but understudied genre of American music.
Reviews The Electric Coachman
Two recent archival releases strengthen the case that Jimi Hendrix was more like Bach than he was like The Beatles.
John Coltrane's stunning musical output in 1965 is open to deeper examination, thanks to a new studio archive release.