Desert Island Jazz
Maxwell Chandler (2008)
Maxwell Chandler is a jazz writer and critic who grew up both in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Europe. With a modesty that characterizes him, he claims to have merely fiddled around with guitar and piano before finding his real instrument, writing about music rather than creating it. As long as he can remember, he’s been a fan of jazz after hearing the music of Monk and Coltrane floating out of a tobacco shop.

He’s a detail man, painstakingly researching and preparing for each interview, be it Chico Hamilton, James Spaulding (of whom he’s a big fan), Alvin Queen, or Sathima Bea Benjamin.

Maxwell is currently a syndicated columnist for, among other places, Jazz Review, All About Jazz, and Jazz Police.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 L'Arpeggiata Christina Pluhar La Tarantella Luna Luneda (Alpha)
# 2 Seu Jorge The Live Aquatic Studio Sessions Life on Mars (Hollywood)
# 3 Serge Gainsbourg Du Jazz dans le Ravin Black Trombone (Phillips)
# 4 Miles Davis Ascenseur pour l'Échafaud Nuit sur les Champs Elysées (Génerique) (Fontana)
# 5 Amália Rodrigues The Art of Amália Rodrigues Men às Parades Confesso (Metro Blue)
# 6 Cuarteto Aníbal Troilo Living Room Paris à Pas (Tinder)
# 7 Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie Bird and Diz My Melancholy Baby (Verve)
# 8 Thelonious Monk Monk Plays the Music of Duke Ellington Black and Tan Fantasy (Riverside)
# 9 Don Byas Jazz in Paris: Laura Summertime (Gitanes)
# 10 Lee Konitz and Ohad Talmor with the Axis String Quartet Play French Impressionist Music of the 21st Century Sur un Lanterne (Palmetto)
# 11 June Christy and Stan Kenton Duet How Long Has This Been Going On? (Capitol)
Book Marcel Proust, "Remembrance of Things Past"
Luxury Item A Swiss Army knife with a toothpick, or
a coffee maker, or
the late pianist B.J. Papa (for his anecdotes)
Castaways by date
Paul Anastasio
25 Sep
Macy Blackman
19 Jun
George Cole
21 Aug
Alex Condé
06 Mar
Kit Eakle
04 Sep
Phillip Greenlief
13 Feb
Tammy Hall
27 Feb
Alan Hall
22 May
Christian Howes
27 Mar
Kymberly Jackson
03 Apr
Julie Kelly
20 Feb
Maya Kronfeld and Valerie Troutt
29 May
Jennifer Lee
17 Apr
Steven Lugerner
24 Jul
Steve McQuarry
05 Jun
Dave Newhouse
14 Aug
Zack Rogow
24 Apr
Holli Ross
17 Jul
Ellen Seeling
02 Oct
Richard Seidel
09 Oct
Edward Simon
31 Jul
Steve Turré
07 Aug
Patrick Wolff
16 Jan