View from the West: Improvise? What Do You Mean I Have to Improvise?

Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki What happened to the practice of improvisation? It had been, to varying degrees, an integral part of the Western classical tradition for centuries, but sometime in the 19th century it fell by the wayside. Picking up the pieces has been difficult and problematic at best, or not even on the […]

View From the East: Pirate Theses

Greg Sandow 1. Piracy is a bad word… It brings me images of ships that fly the skull and crossbones. They’ll capture us, steal our stuff, make us walk the plank. They’re a threat, not just to life and limb, but to legitimate commerce. (Although, if you want to get historical, some of that commerce, […]

Phenomenal Women

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Thirteen new recordings this month exhibit the presence of women in the jazz of the 21st century, a genre that is shedding its passé machismo and growing into a more pure expression of the human spirit.

Sophisticated Ladies

From our beginnings on the Web more than three years ago, NewMusicBox has always made a conscious effort to include women’s voices along with men’s voices in every issue. Critics might claim this is some kind of quota system, but our balance is a pretty accurate reflection of the new music community in the country […]

Abbey Lincoln: A Woman Speaking Her Mind

Photo by John Sann, courtesy Verve Music Group Abbey Lincoln at home with Lara Pellegrinelli May 10, 2002—2 p.m.New York, NY Filmed and Transcribed by Amanda MacBlane Family Continuing the Great Women Vocalist Tradition Some Autobiographical Details Songwriting African Heritage Movies, Paintings, Beauty The Purpose of Art Gender Distinctions The Process of Composing Today’s “Terrible […]