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Music: Best of 2012

Jason Moran

Roy Haynes and the Fountain of Youth Band, Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Marcus Garvey Park, New York, August 25, 2012.

1 Roy Haynes and the Fountain of Youth Band (Marcus Garvey Park, New York, August 25) At age eighty-seven, drummer Roy Haynes represents the finest that jazz has to offer. During his band’s performance at the 2012 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, the energy percolated to the point that Haynes grabbed the microphone and began to sing the O’Jays chorus “Money, money money mooo-ney.” When he asked for some ladies to step up, six women of different generations rushed onstage to dance with him. This was a master displaying supreme artistry as a drummer, a bandleader, and an entertainer.

2 Björk (Flow Festival, Helsinki, August 12) I (and about 30,000 others) stood outside on a beautiful night to listen to Björk deliver her Biophilia performance, along with something equivalent to a sermon. She dedicated the song “Declare Independence” to Pussy Riot, getting the audience to chant

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