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, 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
Melissa Aldana
11 Mar
Ron E. Beck
29 Apr
Pascal Bokar
07 Oct
Shanna Carlson
18 Mar
Sara Caswell
25 Mar
Carlos D'l Puerto
22 Jul
Kellye Gray
15 Jul
David Hart
04 Nov
Ellen Johnson
17 Jun
Steffen Kuehn
02 Dec
Paul McCandless
08 Jul
Allison Miller
15 Apr
Melissa Morgan
29 Jul
Linda Oh
05 Aug
Dafnis Prieto
24 Jun
Jim Pugh
30 Sep
Fred Randolph
05 Feb
Harvie S
03 Jun
Jake Shapiro
10 Jun
Marcus Shelby
15 Jan
Bria Skonberg
04 Mar
Mark Soskin
20 May
Leslie Stoval
19 Aug
John Stowell
08 Apr
Toots Thielemans
02 Sep
Roseanna Vitro
26 Feb
Paul VornHagen
14 Oct
Don Was
12 Aug
Danielle Wertz
27 May
Howard Wiley
28 Oct