Ben Ratliff

Ben Ratliff

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Ben Ratliff is a staff critic at The New York Times, where he has been writing about jazz and pop music since 1996. He is the author of three books, including “Coltrane: The Story of a Sound” (FSG, 2007), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. His writing has appeared in Granta, Rolling Stone, Spin, The Village Voice, Slate, Lingua Franca, and other publications.

Published Works

The New York Times
An Outsider Whose Dark, Lyrical Vision Helped Shape Rock ‘n’ Roll
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The New York Times
This Bubble Gum, Too, Shall Pop
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The New York Times
Everything Is Explored, Though Little Is Voiced
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The New York Times
Old-Time Religion in Modern Guise
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The New York Times
Stirring and Sad, a Jazz Montage of a Struggle
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The New York Times
Opinions and Feelings, Years in the Making, Play Out
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The New York Times
Quirks and All, a Group Welcomes a Playmate
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The New York Times
Mumford and Sons and the Lumineers Serve Old Ideals at Grammys
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The New York Times
Pursuing Many Paths to Find His Own
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The New York Times
Dave Brubeck, Whose Distinctive Sound Gave Jazz New Pop, Dies at 91
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The New York Times
Very Clearly, a Woman You Don’t Want to Mess With
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The New York Times
Gil Scott-Heron: The Godfather of Rap
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The New York Times
Present at the Counterculture’s Creation
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The New York Times
They Put the Face on an American Sound
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The New York Times
Best Music of 2011
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The New York Times
A Young Pianist, Holding Listeners Close
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The New York Times
Pulling the Plug on the Old Strutting
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The New York Times
A Fresh Devotion to the Older Ways
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The New York Times
Animation Joins Jazz At the Next Wave Festival
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The New York Times
A Voice of Gray Moods, Joined by 100 Whistlers
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The New York Times
Flamenco Fusion With Argentine Flair Salted by Traditional Modes
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The New York Times
High-Tech Experiment From Inside the Box
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The New York Times
Controlling Her Voice, and Her World
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The New York Times
A Hit Maker’s Life and Lyrics
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The New York Times
Paul McCartney, Pop Music History in Person, and in Detail
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The New York Times
They’ve Arrived, Like Old Times
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The New York Times
A New Album by Mick Jagger and Friends
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The New York Times
Metallica Earns Its Top Billing of the Big Four
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The New York Times
Chunks of Memory, Reassembled Onstage
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The New York Times
Imagining the Rolling Stones Without Keith Richards
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The New York Times
At Newport, Rain Rules the Day
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The New York Times
Bonnaroo: The Final Night
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The New York Times
Jazz in June: Sorting Through the Abundance
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The New York Times
Unconscious Lessons of a Jazzman
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The New York Times
Strumming Solo, With the Reverb of a Full Band
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The New York Times
What Lurks Under the Splashiness
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The New York Times
The Musical Rhythms in Images Out of Time
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The New York Times
Jammed Sessions Abound at a Village Jazz Festival
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