A Romantic ideology that predates rock glorifies the self-destructive artist as someone who's too honest and delicate for this world... It's not an easy job, and its stresses can take their toll.

— Jon Pareles

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Artists are... stubborn egomaniacs who are mysteriously - and sometimes correctly - certain that the world needs to know all about the figments of their imaginations and who gear their lives to getting those figments into circulation.

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Hearing Marilyn Crispell play solo piano is like monitoring an active volcano.

She is one of a very few pianists who rise to the challenge of free jazz.

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Baikida Carroll, whose balance of bravada and tenderness, facility and understatement mark him as a player to be reckoned with.

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At Carnegie Hall the Preservation Hall Jazz Band showed how easily it could hop from era to era. It could work like a rhythm-and-blues horn section or a tightly arranged little big band if need be, but it could also switch back into the polyphonic glories of vintage New Orleans jazz, in which nearly every instrument seems to improvise around the tune at the same time.

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Wynton Marsalis' skills have grown as fast as his ambition, and he is the most ambitious younger composer in Jazz.

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Booker T. Jones sounds more pithy and forceful than ever on “Potato Hole”…Mr. Jones still jabs terse, unhurried melodies that sound as if he knows the lyrics but would never tell. Where the M.G.’s suavely underplayed their aggression, the rockers’ multiple-guitar attack, with distortion and feedback, gives the music teeth.

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The Nile Project is the performing side of an effort that also includes education in music and environmental issues, raising awareness of the entire Nile basin as an ecosystem. With such vibrant music, the good intentions were a bonus; the Nile Project was a superb example of what I call small-world music, of what happens to traditions in the information age.

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[Loco De Amor is] a euphoric, melodic romp across the hemisphere.

.. A joyful, fun musician's record from a really good guitarist

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Artists are perceptive, but they choose to write songs or make movies or paint pictures rather than simply keeping private diaries.

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