Fred Kaplan

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Fred Kaplan  |  May 17, 2010  |  6 comments
The pianist Hank Jones died on Sunday at age 91, ending one of the great jazz dynasties (his brothers were the drummer Elvin and the trumpeter-composer Thad) and taking out one more survivor of the generation that founded post-war jazz.
Fred Kaplan  |  May 06, 2010  |  First Published: May 07, 2010  |  3 comments
Some risky business is going on at the Blue Note, the posh jazz club on West 3rd Street in Manhattan.
Fred Kaplan  |  Mar 31, 2010  |  9 comments
The Jazz Review was one of the most fascinating journals in the history of music-writing. Its editors were Nat Hentoff and Martin Williams, two of the most insightful critics of its day (the late 1950s and early ’60s). But its main distinction was that it consisted almost entirely of jazz musicians, writing articles and reviews about other jazz musicians.
Fred Kaplan  |  Mar 25, 2010  |  1 comments
The best new jazz album of 2010 so far: the Ryan Keberle Double Quartet’s Heavy Dreaming (on the Alternate Side Records label). I’ve played it a dozen or so times in the month since I received an advance copy. It’s infectiously joyous, except when it’s movingly melancholic, and it’s head-spinning, too.
Fred Kaplan  |  Mar 16, 2010  |  14 comments
In the we-all-make-mistakes department:
Fred Kaplan  |  Feb 28, 2010  |  6 comments
Uptown and Downtown are about to merge.
Fred Kaplan  |  Feb 25, 2010  |  25 comments
Consider this a wish list from someone who loves owning classic jazz albums reissued on clean, thick slabs of virgin vinyl, preferably cut at 45 rpm—but who’s weary of seeing the same titles pop up over and over again with each slightly new format (180g, 200g, single-sided 45, clarity, etc.). I understand the impulse: certain labels and titles have a mystique (e.g., Blue Note and Blue Train); they’re surefire winners; it’s an uncertain business, so go with the sure thing.
Fred Kaplan  |  Feb 17, 2010  |  12 comments
It’s been nearly a week since PBS’ broadcast of the White House concert of music from the civil-rights era, and its sounds and images keep popping up in my brain.
Fred Kaplan  |  Feb 03, 2010  |  2 comments
Many composers, jazz and otherwise, have tried to write pieces inspired by famous artworks, but Ted Nash is one of the few who pulls it off.
Fred Kaplan  |  Jan 31, 2010  |  4 comments
The Jazz Loft Project is one of the most fascinating documents of multiple obsession—an obsession about an obsessive’s obsession—and it’s worth checking out in multiple media.

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