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On "Why I Don't Like Jazz"

Alex Marianyi
Contributing Writer
alex.marianyi[at]gmail.com / @alexmarianyi

If you are in any way involved in the jazz community in America, you've probably read this blog post: Why Americans Don't Like Jazz. Now, I don't normally give too much weight to opinion posts written in 2003 about jazz that have no verifiable, relevant, or comprehensive data to support the author's position. However, the apparent popularity of this amongst jazz supporters of all kinds has pushed me to take a look.

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Courageous Endeavors - 'Prototype'

Alex Marianyi
Contributing Writer
alex.marianyi[at]gmail.com / @alexmarianyi

These cats really bring the heat. Without apology or faltering, Courageous Endeavors plows forth, seeking out new territory to be explored. What this album may lack in focus, it more than makes up for in raw talent and deep emotion.

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Jason Moran Live With Theaster Gates - 5/30/2014

Alex Marianyi
Contributing Writer
alex.marianyi[at]gmail.com / @alexmarianyi

Looks Of A Lot was theater. It may have been theater that starred Jason Moran’s expert and innovative piano playing and compositions, but it was theater nonetheless. Let’s set the stage.

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Mark de Clive-Lowe - 'CHURCH'

Alex Marianyi
Contributing Writer
alex.marianyi[at]gmail.com / @alexmarianyi

This crowd-funded release, the 11th studio album for Mark de Clive-Lowe, does NOT play around. He named it after the live event he has been presenting in New York City and Los Angeles since 2011, and from composition to production, a live feel makes itself apparent throughout.

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Juan Pastor - 'Chinchano'

Alex Marianyi
Contributing Writer
alex.marianyi[at]gmail.com / @alexmarianyi

I heard a lot about Juan Pastor before I got a chance to finally hear his music. After listening to Chinchano, I can totally understand why he’s a favorite to play with amongst many of my friends. This isn’t one of those “jazz musician discovers latin music and decides to write an album” latin jazz albums. Pastor is from Peru and now lives in Chicago, so the dichotomy of Peruvian and American music featured throughout this release is just his reality in music form.