December 9, 2016

L.A. previews December 9-15: In Flames/Hellyeah, Harold Land Jr., Hawks, Intronaut, John Daversa, Soundshoppe, Animals as Leaders, Warbringer.

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December 6, 2016

Filmic ponderation: The Arrival of angels.

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Denis Villeneuve's "Arrival" is a Christmas movie. It has a savior; it has angels; it has Herod; it has God. Best, it doesn't sell religion, patriotism or cynicism.

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December 1, 2016

Medical report: Metallica, "Hardwired . . . To Self-Destruct" (Blackened)

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Eight years after their last album, the members of the world's biggest metal band stop in for a check-up. Well, how are they?

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November 15, 2016

R.I.P.: Leonard Cohen.

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Leonard Cohen gave permission to despair, then he died.

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November 9, 2016

Live review: Kamasi Washington, Ron McCurdy Quartet at Disney Hall, November 6.

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It's good that Kamasi Washington is a big dude with a major 'fro and a robe like a Cypriot bishop; that way you can see him from the rafter seats.

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October 18, 2016

Live review: Rudresh Mahanthappa's Bird Calls, Joshua White's Codes at LACC's Clausen Hall, October 15.

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The definitions of harmony use the word "pleasing" a lot, but what pleases people changes over time.

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October 10, 2016

Live review: Craig Taborn & Kris Davis, Julian Lage at Zipper Hall, October 8 (Angel City Jazz Fest).

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Proud and humble.

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October 6, 2016

Live review: Pharoah Sanders, Gurrisonic Orchestra, Ornette Coleman's "Skies of America" at John Anson Ford Amphitheater, October 2.

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Is peace relevant?

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September 29, 2016

Feature: Ornette Coleman's "Skies of America" redawned.

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José Gurría-Cardénas revisits an orchestral-jazz monument.

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September 26, 2016

Live review: Geoffrey Keezer & Joe Locke at the Blue Whale, September 23.

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What could have gone wrong didn't.

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