Category Archives: Music Review

Tigran Hamasyan Review @ LA Weekly

Tigran Hamasyan — The Alex Theatre — 4-22-14 By Alex W. Rodriguez for LA Weekly West Coast Sound This was my first concert review in a long time — and I had a lot of fun checking this out and putting the … Continue reading

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New Writing at Ethnomusicology Review and IASPM-US

  I’ve been writing at a decent clip this month, with pieces now online at the IASPM-US website and the Ethnomusicology Review Sounding Board. Check ’em out: Music Scenes: Creating Space for Creative Music at LA’s Blue Whale for IASPM-US CD Review: Book … Continue reading

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Tigran Hamasyan @ Blue Whale: An Improvised Concert Review

On Wednesday night, I finally made it back to my favorite LA jazz club, blue whale. Pianist Tigran Hamasyan was playing a solo show, and I knew that it was going to be something that I’d regret missing. So I … Continue reading

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Jessica Jones/Hitomi Oba Review @ LA Weekly

Jessica Jones, Hitomi Oba — Blue Whale — 7/24/12 By Alex W. Rodriguez for LA Weekly West Coast Sound This was is my first piece for LA Weekly — and what a great set to review! Jones and Oba, her … Continue reading

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A Personal Aspiration Towards Ethical Listening

This weekend, NPR Music intern Emily White wrote a well-meaning (and well-written) reflection on her relationship to music — namely, the fact that she never purchased any, given the free and easy access with which she has grown up. I, … Continue reading

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Fred Wesley @ Oceanside Jazz Festival

In case you were wondering, Fred Wesley still knows how to get down. At the tender age of 68, the Funkiest Trombonist of All Time overcame a long cross-country flight and a bout with acute bronchitis to serve as the … Continue reading

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Ben Wendel “Frame” CD Release @ Blue Whale

Ben Wendel Frame

Saxophonist Ben Wendel

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Kim Richmond Ensemble @ Contrapuntal Hall

After a few months in Los Angeles, I am finally figuring out where the jazz is happening — it’s not like New York, where you can just see who’s playing at the Jazz Gallery or Village Vanguard on a given … Continue reading

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Portland Jazz Festival Recap

At the Portland Jazz Festival, Delicate Issues and Joyful Audiences By Alex W. Rodriguez for A Blog Supreme/NPR Jazz

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John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble @ Jazz Standard

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: Big Band Is Both Masterful and Innovative By Alex W. Rodriguez for the Star-Ledger

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