According to Greek mythology, the muses were the genius-sparking goddesses of song, poetry, and the sciences. Recently, the muse has more earthly origins; male recording artists often indicate that a particular woman was essential in stimulating the creative process. The Guardian's Germaine Greer de ... More >>
Dean SchafferMcCoy Tyner
Oct. 16, 2011
Better than: Listening to a scratched up jazz record from the '60s for the thousandth time.
When 72-year-old McCoy Tyner walked onstage, his steps were small and almost fragile. When he spoke, his voice barely rose above a whisper.
But ... More >>
Jim Marshall, giving the Johnny Cash saluteHanging in the living room of Jim Marshall's Castro flat is a photograph of Obama standing in the White House, pointing to a picture of John Coltrane on the wall. Marshall took that Coltrane photo more than 40 years ago in San Francisco Chronicle columni ... More >>
Pharaoh SandersYoshi's OaklandJan. 3, 2009Review by Eric K. Arnold
Better Than: Watching Kenny G on Craig Kilborn.
Pharaoh Sanders has an impeccable jazz pedigree. One of the titans of the way-out, dissonant style known as free jazz, the tenor saxophonist emerged in the mid-'60s as a counterpart ... More >>