Music & Cultural Criticism


"At the Slaughterhouses," on Hassen Ferhani's "A Round About in my Head," London Review blog, April 2017

"Search for the New Land," on "I Called Him Morgan," Kasper Collin's film about Lee and Helen Morgan, Paris Review blog, April 2017

"Blues to Come," on Harriet Tubman's "Araminta," Paris Review blog, March 2017

"Raw Material," on Dana Schutz at the Whitney Biennale, London Review of Books blog, March 2017

"'Quiet Fire': on Frank Kimbrough's 'Solstice' and the late Paul Bley," The Paris Review Blog, December 12 2016

"Gotham Lullaby: Meredith Monk at the National Sawdust Theatre," The Paris Review Blog, November 18 2016

"Remembering Leonard Cohen in the age of Trump," The Paris Review Blog, November 11 2016

"Everybody's Protest Film: Why 'Moonlight' Matters'," on Nate Parker's "Birth of a Nation" and Barry Jenkins's "Moonlight"
The Paris Review Blog, 2016

"The Sorcerer of Jazz," on Miles Davis
New York Review of Books, 2016

"The Hypnotic Clamor of Morocco," on Paul Bowles's Morocco recordings
New York Review of Books, 2016

"The Fierce Courage of Nina Simone"
New York Review of Books, 2016

"Kamasi Washington's Giant Step"
New York Times Magazine, 2016

"Diary" on Ornette Coleman
London Review of Books, 2015

"Le Jazz Hot," on the history of jazz in France
New York Review of Books, 2015

"Who's Afraid of Klinghoffer?"
London Review of Books Blog, 2014

"The Freedom Principle," on the New York Art Quartet
London Review of Books, 2014

"The Beautiful Sounds of Jimi Hendrix"
New York Review of Books, 2014

"Bird!" on Charlie Parker
New York Review of Books, 2013

"An Argument with Instruments: On Charles Mingus"
The Nation, 2013

"Quartets Changing With the Times They Changed,"
on the Kronos and Arditti String Quartets
The New York Times, 2004

"The Perils of Living Too Long," on Grachan Moncur, III
The New York Times, 2003

"Fight Club," on jazz criticism
The Nation, 2003

"Nina Simone: Lit by a Sacred Flame," an obituary
The Nation, 2003

"A Fighting Man's (and Woman's) Work," on Steve Reich and Beryl Korot
The New York Times, 2002

"Reclaiming an Ancient Virtuosity," on Anouar Brahem
The New York Times, 2002

"An American Minimalist Who Can Stir the Soul," on Ingram Marshall
The New York Times, 2001

"A Chosen Calm After the Avant-Garde Storm," on Marilyn Crispell
The New York Times, 2001

"A Sideman Steps Out and Shines On His Own," on Marc Ribot
The New York Times, 2001

"70's Redux: Notes From the Jazz Underground,"
on Anthony Braxton and Joe McPhee
The New York Times, 2000

"Turning Circles and Squares Into Noise," on Sonic Youth
The New York Times, 2000

"Crossing Music's Borders In Search Of Identity; Downtown, a Reach For Ethnicity," on John Zorn and Arto Lindsay
The New York Times, 1999

"A Jazz Pianist with a Brahmsian Bent," on Brad Mehldau
The New York Times, 1999

"A Maestro Of Esoteric Invention Becomes Accessible,"
on Roscoe Mitchell
The New York Times, 1999

"An American In Paris, Painting With a Saxophone," on Steve Lacy
The New York Times, 1999

"Through His Hands, the Healing Power of Rhythm," on Leon Parker
The New York Times, 1998

"Jazz Democracy," on Miles Davis
Slate, 1998

"Brother From Another Planet," on Sun Ra
Slate, 1997