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BLUE NOTE, TONE POETRY AND AUDIOPHILIA

A few years ago I began to hear that Don Was, President of Blue Note Records, was a huge fan of our reissue series. Not only that, but Don was starting to publicly say in interviews that we at Music Matters...

MARCUS STRICKLAND "PEOPLE OF THE SUN" TRACES THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

On his thrilling new LP, People of the Sun, Marcus Strickland blazes a trail fully at the helm of his music—performing, writing, and producing with his outrageously able Twi-Life band on deck—even...

JAMES FRANCIES TAKES FLIGHT

Plenty of young musicians show promise, but very few enjoy the sort of meteoric rise that pianist, keyboardist and composer James Francies is currently experiencing. Now comes Flight, the...

AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE: ORIGAMI HARVEST

Trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire's new album Origami Harvest is a surprisingly fluid study in contrasts that—with help from New York's beastly Mivos Quartet and art-rap expatriate Kool...