photo by Kate Fox Reynolds


On ZZ Top’s First Album, in Tidal

On Uwe Johnson, and Patrick Wright’s The Sea View Has Me Again, in 4Columns

Conversation with Marisa Anderson in Presence zine

On Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” and Edward Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day, in Criterion’s The Current

McCoy Tyner, 1938-2020, in the New York Times

On the Fall, in Affidavit

On Stereolab, in 4Columns

On Kim Kashkashian, Bach’s Cello Suites, and the violaness of the viola, in Affidavit

On speaking and dreaming in Cassette, in

João Gilberto, 1931-2019, in the New York Times

On Lennie Tristano’s relationship to American visual artists (Robert Ryman, Frank Stella, Bruce Nauman) and various kinds of assumed relationships between jazz and visual art in the  mid 20th c., in Ursula

On listening bars and In Sheep’s Clothing, in the New York Times

Liner notes for Ornette Coleman The Atlantic Years LP box set (excerpt in Jazz Times)

On Ryuichi Sakamoto and background music in restaurants, in the New York Times

Liner notes (excerpted) for a reissue of The Max Roach Trio Featuring the Legendary Hasaan, for Vinyl Me Please

The Scrape, the Drag, the Slide: Ten Songs, for

On John Coltrane’s Two Directions at Once, in Pitchfork

On Double Drummers: Ten Songs, for

On Neil Young’s music in Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man, for the Criterion Collection

On Liz Harris/Grouper, in Pitchfork

On Tristan Perich’s Drift Multiply in Red Bull Music

Cecil Taylor, 1929-2018, in the New York Times

On Kate Briggs’ This Little Art and translating, in 4columns

“Mere Virtuosity,” an essay in VQR, Spring 2018 issue (an update and revision of the 2017 Una’s Lecture at University of California, Berkeley)

On Frank Zappa, in 4columns

Writing about running about writing: on Catriona Menzies-Pike and Vybarr Cregan-Reid, in Columbia College Today

2017 albums of the year, in Esquire

On encountering music’s past, in

Liner notes for a reissue of Miles Davis’ Sorcerer, for Vinyl Me Please

A conversation with Mark Turner, in Music & Literature

On Keiji Haino, in 4columns

On Phish, in the New York Times

On basements, history, & a photo of the Supremes, in Columbia College Today

On Damon Krukowsi’s The New Analog, in 4columns

A conversation with Iggy Pop on singing jazz and turning 70, in Rolling Stone

On Thelonious Monk’s Monk’s Music, in Pitchfork

On John Berger, in New York Review of Books

On NTS & other internet radio stations, in Esquire

On La La Land and hatred of jazz, in Slate

On Mary Ruefle’s My Private Property, in New York Times Book Review

On the Beach Boys, in New York Review of Books