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4 items from 2015

Film Review: ‘Chi-Raq’

22 November 2015 10:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It may not take much to make Spike Lee angry, but there’s no denying he gives us his reasons and then some in “Chi-Raq,” a sprawling, blistering state-of-the-union address that presents Chicago’s South Side as a cesspool of black-on-black violence, gang warfare, gun worship and macho misogyny, ruled by unbreakable cycles of poverty and oppression. All that social outrage clearly demanded similarly outsized treatment, and Lee and co-writer Kevin Willmott (“Csa: The Confederate States of America”) have found a remarkably accommodating vessel in Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata,” whose tale of an ancient Greek heroine leading an anti-war sex strike has been updated here as an alternately soulful and scalding, playful and deadly serious 21st-century oratorio. Blunt, didactic and stronger on conceptual audacity than dramatic coherence, this is still the most vital, lived-in work in some time from a filmmaker who has never shied away from speaking his mind or irritating his ideological foes, »

- Justin Chang

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Playboy Jazz Festival At Hollywood Bowl June 13-14, Schedule

11 June 2015 9:14 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Headliners include: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and the Monk Institute Ensemble, Tower of Power, Ledisi, Terence Blanchard E-Collective, Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Jazz Band and OzomatliGeorge Lopez to host for the third year in a rowMedia Sponsor: 94.7 The WaveSummer in Los Angeles doesn’t really get underway until the Playboy Jazz Festival kicks it into high gear in early June. In L.A., June weather is still spring-like with cool, overcast mornings, warn-to-hot afternoons and downright chilly evenings. It can get downright confusing if your relying on Mother Nature to be your seasonal barometer. But for generations of Angelenos the Playboy Jazz […] »

- Greg Ptacek

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Should you skip or repeat new albums from Alesso, The Bad Plus or Vaccines?

26 May 2015 7:08 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome to a new week of Skip Or Repeat, capsule reviews of the week's newest albums. This week, we turn focus on May 26 drops: Alesso, "Forever" The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, "The Bad Plus Joshua Redman" The Vaccines, "English Graffiti" Various Artists, “Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs By Karen Dalton” If none of those rock your boat, check out fresh music from pianist/composer Rachel Grimes, jazz troupe Gary Peacock Trio, French electronic label comp "Kitsune America 4" and the ever-awesome Nola mainstay Terence Blanchard (this time with his new quintet the E-Collective). »

- Katie Hasty

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Jason Moran Tips Hat to Tradition While Transcending the Jazz Idiom

6 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Norah Jones might have resuscitated Blue Note Records with her adult contemporary balladry, but pianist-composer Jason Moran might be the jazz label’s poster boy for the future.

“What’s important is that people move the music forward,” says Don Was, Blue Note president and veteran producer-musician. “One of the things that makes Jason so deep is that his roots and knowledge of tradition are impeccable. He’s learned all styles and totally assimilated the musical history. And with all that in his arsenal he’s able to do something completely new with it.”

Even for the ever-prolific Moran, a MacArthur Fellow who’s the artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center, it’s been a remarkable year. His album “All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller” was nominated for a Grammy. He’s been playing live nonstop in various configurations, including three appearances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, »

- Steve Chagollan

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