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Another annual obsession to add to the list, along with the listings of best science books? Look like it, if last year and this year are anything to judge by. This particular post collects lists of “best of the year” jazz albums I’ve found across various websites. For the purposes of this project, I’m not…

The jazz of physics, the physics of jazz, the chemistry of jazz, the jazz of chemistry, the jazz of computer science, the computer science of jazz, the math of jazz, the jazz of math, the jazz of biology, the biology of jazz, the jazz of engineering, the engineering of jazz. And why not the jazz…

100 Greatest Music Books of All Time Does the music business need musicianship not to speak ill of the dead.. but.. on the demise of other music What It Takes for an Independent Record Store to Survive Now Why record stores mattered How Miles Davis remade jazz over and over again The Electric Surge of…

The record exec, his massive record collection and a future where records won’t matter What an opera review spiked by the National Post really tells us Open Letter to YouTube, “Pushers” of Piracy I’ve sold all my CDs. Can I live without those cracked plastic cases of magic and memories? Apple Terminating Music Downloads ‘Within…

(OK, Music Monday one day late…) Science books are an abiding, long term passion, one which has been reflected here on the blog by my compulsive listing of the Best Science Books of the year, 2015 included. This year I’m expanding the obsessive listing franchise to include another abiding passion, jazz music. But I won’t…

I’m just back from an extended sabbatical work/vacation trip to Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin — yes, I did meet with some science publishers while I was in Europe! — and while in Europe a couple of the true icons of my childhood died: BB King and Christopher Lee. As well, jazz icon Ornette Coleman also…

The fallout of the Great Sonny Rollins Jazz Satire Blowup of 2014 is still reverberating through the jazz community, prompting new uproars and bouncing off a surprising number of new jazz eruptions in the wider culture. Definitely interesting times to be a jazz fan, if not always for the right reasons. Some cool stuff going…

Is jazz satire possible? Can it possibly be funny or even relevant? This question is more immediate and pressing that you would normally imagine in the wake of serial controversies in the jazz world. It all began at the end of July when The New Yorker posted a article in their humour column by Django…

Music critics. Got to love them. Just the right mixture of disdain, hipster arrogance and snobbery to set the teeth on edge. Ooooh, love that band no one has ever heard of. Hate that band that “sold out” and became famous. They were so much more authentic when they were poor and no one heard…

Ok, not really. It’s hard to directly compare the industrial disco-metal stylings of Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails with the tango nuevo of Argentina’s Astor Piazzolla. The music itself is very different. Or is it? Both of them — Piazzolla and Reznor — certainly create music that has a propulsive, relentless almost narrative drive…

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