The Trane rolls along

Published Sept. 17, 2007

Last year, Prestige began a new series of boxes trying to chip down that megalith into affordable and digestible chunks. The second installment is now out.

Leadnoimage music update: Jan. 16-21, 2007

Published Jan. 16, 2007

There's a new local music podcast with Julie Lawrence and WMSE's Brent Gohde, hits from Atomic and news from WMSE ... all here in the music update.


Alice Coltrane dies at 69

Published Jan. 14, 2007

Jazz pianist Alice Coltrane, widow of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, died Friday, Jan. 12 at the West Hills Hospital near Los Angeles. She was 69.


Tyner brings a bit of Blue Note to Alverno

Published Oct. 8, 2006

As the McCoy Tyner Trio, Tyner and his sidemen, Charnett Moffett on bass and Eric Kamau Gravatt on drums, the band performed an 80-minute set -– replete with two encores including one after the houselights had already been turned on –- that left the audience exhilarated and ready for more.


New Trane set due for arrival

Published Aug. 11, 2006

Even though she's in Amsterdam, we caught up with Milwaukee's Cheryl Pawelski to ask her about the new six-CD John Coltrane box she's compiled with her partner in archives, Patrick Milligan.


Monk/Trane collaborations still flowing

Published July 15, 2006

"The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings" is loaded not only with satisfying final takes but fascinating outtakes that offer insight into how genius works. It also reminds us -- as the only studio document of Monk's '57 outfit with Coltrane -- of the potential of this short-lived partnership.


Kahn chronicles Impulse!

Published May 21, 2006

Ashley Kahn, often heard on NPR, is the author of books about the making of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" LP and Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue." His new volume is an eclectic portrait of one of the most eclectic labels in jazz history, Creed Taylor's Impulse!.


Miles / Trane set long overdue

Published May 17, 2006

It takes a Milwaukeean, sometimes, to get the job done. When ex-Brew City gal Cheryl Pawelski took a job at Concord Records, she promised that good things were coming soon. She didn't lie. The first fruit of her tenure at Concord has led to "The Miles Davis Quartet: The Legendary Prestige Sessions,"


Jazz clubs upped old Milwaukee's hipster quotient

Published Nov. 8, 2004

Remember when there were jazz clubs in Milwaukee? Not just one or two places, but a whole scene of venues providing a stage not only for local musicians but for the giants of the music, those cats who would later become jazz legends? No, sadly, most of us don't.


Soutrane's empire of musical freedom

Published May 27, 2003

Chicago-born and Milwaukee-based musician Jason Wietlespach been in a multitude of free music ensembles, most notably as saxophonist, bassist and production engineer for the groups Castle Broadway and Field of Sound. Starting his own record label, Soutrane, has given him an outlet to work creatively in both sound and visual mediums.