The Read: Nov. 21, 2012

1. This particular concert is long gone, but this article about the Real Vocal String Quartet is a good read. The group has a new album and concerts scheduled in Berkeley (February 2013) and Arcata (April 2013). More at

2. A Chicago Reader article about the new Michael Formanek album, Small Places that also mentions his work with Danish pianist Jacob Anderskov.

3. Destination:Out remembers Byard Lancaster and Ted Curson. Those blog entries have some nice sound clips that will be removed fairly soon, so check them out quickly if you missed them.

4. Critic Richard Scheinin’s picks for five jazz CD gifts include some very non-obvious choices, such as the new, archival Sam Rivers album on Pi Recordings; and something new from the 82-year-old Ahmad Jamal. His album pick of the year? Robert Glasper.

5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar likes Robert Glasper, too.