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Film - I'm Not There

(11/15/07 5:00am)

It's been said that I'm Not There is not a movie about Bob Dylan. That might be so, but it is most certainly a movie of Bob Dylan-so much so that it's hard to imagine anyone other than a hardcore Dylan fan fully enjoying it. Even if that's the case, director Todd Haynes' opus is a fantastic piece of experimental cinema.

Monk music

(10/18/07 4:00am)

There is no piano player in jazz who isn't indelibly marked by Thelonious Monk, but Randy Weston wears the mark more proudly than most. A native of Monk's adopted hometown, New York City, Weston plays with a hearty, rich sound inflected by the same blues and gospel influences of his mentor. Although Monk is a quintessentially American musician, Weston took his fascination with African music to the source, moving to Morocco in the 1960s and interpolating African modes, rhythms and melodies into his own work. He spoke with recess' David Graham in anticipation of a rare twinbill with his trio and another led by fellow piano master Kenny Barron this Saturday in Page Auditorium.

Crouch chats on changes, legacy

(10/11/07 4:00am)

Not often does a jazz critic earn the designation "firebrand." But Stanley Crouch isn't your father's jazz critic. A close friend of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and a member of his Jazz @ Lincoln Center cadre, Crouch is outspoken about what jazz is (it must swing and be based in the blues) and who can't play (trumpeter Dave Douglas, mainly). But in addition to a notoriously hot temper, he brings one of the subtlest and best voices to the field. He spoke with recess' David Graham ahead of his lecture on Thelonious Monk's 1959 Town Hall Concert Friday.