December 29, 1994 |
Maybe Anita Baker is tired of being known as the queen of that stylish but sedate "quiet storm" radio format. Maybe she spent too much time watching MTV during her four-year break from concerts and became enthralled with the thunderous sonic assault of Metallica. Or maybe someone just forgot to turn down the volume Tuesday at the Universal Amphitheatre. It's hard to figure.
September 4, 2000 |
All-star festival shows often leave a lot to be desired. One act dutifully follows another, each cranking out a few familiar hits and one or two new items. So give the touring Montreux Jazz Festival 2000 credit for trying something new.
January 6, 1999 |
The strengths and weaknesses of jazz in the late '90s are immediately apparent in this year's Grammy nominees. Among the strengths: The contemporary jazz performance category, despite the tendency to minimize this particular genre, is filled with first-rate outings from Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller and the Yellowjackets.
January 26, 2004 |
Opportunity and spirit were as present on the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday night as they were on the surface of Mars. Not in the form of robotic rovers, of course, but in the combination of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and jazz artists Billy Childs, George Duke and Dianne Reeves.
June 6, 1997 |
Al Jarreau was singing the same old tunes at the Greek Theatre Sunday night. But he brought enough twists and improvisational mischief to his set to give even the most familiar numbers a wondrous freshness. While established material might be just what you'd expect from a vocalist whose only album of the last two years is a recently released "Best of . . . " collection, the treatment of that material, especially invigorated and playful, little resembled the original recordings.
August 26, 2001
Movies The long-delayed "O," which transposes "Othello" to a contemporary boarding school, stars Mekhi Phifer, above left with Josh Hartnett, and Julia Stiles. Directed by Tim Blake Nelson, the Shakespearean tragedy was adapted by Brad Kaaya. Opens Friday. Theater Bea Arthur, best known from TV's "Maude" and "Golden Girls," will perform her one-woman show, "An Evening With Bea Arthur," songs and stories drawn from her six decades of work on stage and in film and television.
August 13, 1993 |
Wednesday's bill at the Hollywood Bowl consisted of a tribute to the late Art Blakey followed by a tribute to the late Cannonball Adderley. Part of next Wednesday's show will be a tribute to the late Count Basie. Where would live jazz be without deceased jazzmen? Blakey's Jazz Messengers were represented by a dozen of his alumni, plus Kenny Washington or Billy Higgins on drums.
December 18, 2000 |
Stevie Wonder's holiday wish list reaches well beyond dreams of Christmas snow and glistening treetops. Reawakening the joy of a childhood Christmas is one wish, which he fulfilled musically in "I Wish," one highlight of his 4 1/2-hour House Full of Toys benefit Saturday at the Great Western Forum. Another is that the event, now in its fifth year, will someday be international in scope.
December 23, 1998 |
When pianist Kenny Kirkland died suddenly a few weeks ago, he was all alone in his New York home, undiscovered until a few days after his passing. The circumstances were unfortunate, but not necessarily surprising, given Kirkland's reportedly well-known history of failing to return phone calls. On Monday night at Catalina Bar & Grill, however, the real extent of the affection and friendship that existed for Kirkland was obvious.