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CT.com Interview: Ben Ratliff, New York Times Music Critic
Ben Ratliff, jazz and pop critic for The New York Times since 1996 and the author of three books of jazz criticism, has the rare ability to write about avant-garde jazz, doom-metal, indie rock, hip-hop, and probably a dozen or so other musical genres with clarity and insight. He reviews hundreds of concerts and new releases a year. And even though Ratliff writes for a general readership, most of whom are not fluent in the technical languages of music analysis, he does so without ever dumbing anything down.
By Michael Hamad
November 5, 2012