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David HajduEpisodic, unpredictable, often self-referential and sometimes self-absorbed, Bass Cathedral is a virtuoso performance done for the glory of performing. The satisfaction Bass Cathedral provides is that of the moment. It feels, sentence to sentence and page to page, like a work in the act of being created. It is not simply writing about jazz, but writing as jazz…There is a cliche about music writing, sometimes attributed to Thelonious Monk, among others: "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." If so, Nathaniel Mackey is compelled, rather than deterred, by the multiform madness of the enterprise. He is the Balanchine of the architecture dance.
—The New York Times