Just a quick bit of praise for what’s happening over at WBGO.org, redesigned and relaunched to accommodate expanded editorial content by Nate Chinen, most recently a prolific jazz critic/reporter for the New York Times.
The NYT’s big loss is a major gain for the popular NYC-metro jazz radio station, as its site now offers a wealth of pieces penned by Chinen, including:
- a feature on revered alto saxophonist Lee Konitz (in the above pic by Nuccio DiNuzzo), 89 and out with a new recording, “Frescalalto,” on which he’s joined by superb pianist Kenny Barron (I finally caught Barron in person, at last summer’s Montreal Jazz Fest), bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Kenny Washington.
- a report on singer-pianist Diana Krall’s forthcoming album, “Turn Up the Quiet,” and world tour
- “Take Five,” a regular column offering short-takes commentary (with audio clips) on five jazz tracks — this week, music by Jeremy Pelt, Theo Bleckmann, Dayme Arocena, Art Pepper/Sonny Stitt, and new-to-me free improv trio Ballister.
Lots of other good jazz content to be found there. Check it out.