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  • 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, hes been a fan of jazz after hearing the music of Monk and Coltrane floating out of a tobacco shop.

    Hes a detail man, painstakingly researching and preparing for each interview, be it Chico Hamilton, James Spaulding (of whom hes 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
    Chris Amberger
    23 Jun
    Gerald Beckett
    01 Sep
    Buzz Brooks
    28 Apr
    Jarrett Cherner
    16 Jun
    Kev Choice
    30 Jun
    Anat Cohen
    28 Jul
    Natalie Cressman
    10 Feb
    Hershey Felder
    07 Apr
    Mitchell Feldman
    18 Aug
    Mike Galisatus
    03 Nov
    Aaron Germain
    06 Jan
    Robin Gregory
    17 Feb
    Tamir Hendelman
    13 Oct
    Kasey Knudsen
    17 Mar
    Matthew Montfort
    26 May
    Dan Montgomery
    06 Oct
    Andrea Motis
    21 Jul
    Ray Obiedo
    10 Mar
    Jayn Pettingill
    17 Nov
    John Pizzarelli
    25 Aug
    Sandi Poindexter
    24 Mar
    Don Randi
    20 Oct
    David Rogers
    24 Feb
    Eric Whittington
    29 Sep
    George Winston
    04 Aug
    Lizz Wright
    09 Jun
    Jason Yeager
    02 Jun