A Jazzwoman Named Blackman

It has long been a staple of cultural criticism outside the United States that we Americans underappreciate our greatest native art form: jazz. It is hard to argue with that assessment, or with the fact that on any given night in New York City the jazz clubs are filled largely by out-of-towners and, of course foreigners. One exception to the non-New Yorker rule is the writer Will Friedwald, who has accumulated an evocative body of music criticism over the past two decades or more. His current perch is the New York Sun, where his informative piece on the drummer Cindy Blackman and her quintet was just published.

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