Reviews 2018-01-05T05:13:20+00:00

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  • The Saxophonist

The Saxophonist

Beavin Lawrence is THE SAXOPHONIST An Andre´Joseph Film Andre´ Joseph Writer/Director The [...]

  • APA-Awards-Open

American Pianists Association Announces Five Finalists

American Pianists Association Announces Five Finalists for the American Pianists Awards - Each [...]

Newport Jazz Festival Announces Second Wave of Artists

Newport Jazz Festival® Second Wave of Artists Features PAT METHENY with Antonio Sanchez, Linda [...]


  • Anat-Cohen-and-Fred-Hersch


Reviews Anat Cohen and Fred Hersch Live In Healdsburg Anat Cohen, a superior clarinetist and tenor-saxophonist from Israel, and veteran pianist Fred Hersch have had very different lives and lifestyles but both have adventurous spirits along with complete command of their instruments. They [...]

  • Harold-Mabern

HAROLD MABERN – To Love And Be Loved

Reviews Harold Mabern To Love And Be Loved The great veteran pianist Harold Mabern, who has been an important part of the New York jazz scene since the early 1960s, is now 83. However on his recent CD To Love And Be Loved, [...]

  • Mike Vax & Ron Romm, Collaboration

MIKE VAX & RON ROMM – Collaboration

Reviews Mike Vax & Ron Romm Collaboration Mike Vax, an alumnus of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, has always been comfortable in several musical idioms. His career is filled with an endless number of associations including performances and recordings with Art Pepper, Gene Krupa, [...]

  • Nina Simone, Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles

NINA SIMONE, Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles

Reviews Nina Simone Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Singles Nina Simone (1933-2003) was unique in music history. She was a classically trained pianist who, due to the racism in the classical music world, found herself having to make a living as a singing [...]

  • Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas, Scandal


Reviews Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Scandal Tenor-saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas have been major names for decades, always creating stimulating post-bop music that defies classification as anything beyond "modern jazz." They had crossed paths occasionally through the years before finally [...]

  • Stephane-Wrembel

STEPHANE WREMBEL – The Django Experiment III

Reviews STEPHANE WREMBEL The Django Experiment III The Gypsy Jazz movement has resulted in a countless number of groups emulating the Django Reinhardt/Stephane Grappelli Quintet Of The Hot Club Of France, particularly in Europe. Ranging from near-recreations to esoteric extensions of the original [...]

  • Joey-Alexander

JOEY ALEXANDER – Joey, Monk, Live!

Reviews JOEY ALEXANDER Joey, Monk, Live! 2017 was Thelonious Monk's centennial, a year in which there were quite a few recorded tributes to the unique pianist-composer. One of the last to be released is by pianist Joey Alexander, who was born 21 years [...]

  • Houston-Person

HOUSTON PERSON – Rain or Shine

Reviews HOUSTON PERSON Rain or Shine Throughout his long career, which reaches back to at least 1963 when he recorded with organist Johnny "Hammond" Smith, Houston Person has always displayed a large tone inspired by Gene Ammons, the ability to caress melodies, and [...]

  • Dan Beck Band - Review -

DAN BECK BAND – All The Fish are Hoppin’

Dan Beck Band Reviews DAN BECK BAND All the Fish are Hoppin' - Independent Expressive and soulful guitarist, vocalist, writer Dan Beck performs front and center with the Dan Beck Band on his debut release All The Fish Are Hoppin.’ This studio-recording blend of Blues [...]

  • Christian McBribe


Reviews CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE BIG BAND Bringin' It One of the best-known and busiest bass players in jazz, Christian McBride is still just 45. A major performer by the age of 17 in 1989 when he joined Bobby Watson's group, McBride has worked with nearly [...]

  • Steve Davis - Think Ahead -

STEVE DAVIS – Think Ahead Review

Reviews STEVE DAVIS Think Ahead Trombonist Steve Davis has played such consistently rewarding music throughout his career that it is easy to take him for granted. He studied at the Hartt School under Jackie McLean who recommended him to Art Blakey. Davis was [...]

  • wes-montgomery-Paris


Reviews WES MONTGOMERY In Paris 1965 was one of the peak periods of Wes Montgomery's career. A major and influential jazz guitarist since at least 1959, Montgomery (who turned 42 in '65) was growing in fame each month. That year he recorded the [...]

  • Mars Williams


Reviews  MARS WILLIAMS presents An Ayler Xmas Albert Ayler (1936-1970) took jazz to its extreme. In fact, the saxophonist could be said to have brought jazz beyond its logical “end” while coming back again at its beginning. His groups, particularly the one he had during 1965-66 with his [...]

  • Matt King

MATT KING – Monk In Brazil

Reviews  MATT KING  Monk In Brazil Many jazz artists had their centennial in 2017 including Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald, but somehow it has ended up being the year of Thelonious Monk. Unlike Ella (whose talent has never been duplicated) and even Dizzy (who did write a few [...]

  • Martial Solal & Dave Liebman


Reviews MARTIAL SOLAL & DAVE LIEBMAN Masters In Bordeaux Although it was not inevitable that they would record a duet album together, pianist Martial Solal and saxophonist-flutist Dave Liebman have a fair amount in common. Solal, who at the time of this recorded concert from 2016 was a [...]

  • Bill Evans - Another Time

BILL EVANS – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert

Reviews BILL EVANS Another Time: The Hilversum Concert It is fair to say that there is no shortage of Bill Evans recordings available. In addition to the release and reissue of virtually all of his studio recordings, there are an apparently unlimited supply of live [...]

  • Nestor Torres

NESTOR TORRES – Jazz Flute Traditions

Reviews  NESTOR TORRES Jazz Flute Traditions Nestor Torres made his early reputation as a talented flautist who played Latin pop/jazz. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he moved to New York after high school, attended Berklee, and gained experience playing with a wide variety of [...]

  • Peter Bernstein


Reviews PETER BERNSTEIN Signs Live Back in 1994, guitarist Peter Bernstein recorded a CD, Signs Of Life, that found him leading an all-star quartet that also featured pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. Over 20 years later, on Jan. 4, 2015, [...]

  • Larry Coryell’s 11th House, Seven Secrets

LARRY CORYELL’S 11th HOUSE – Seven Secrets

Reviews LARRY CORYELL'S 11th HOUSE Seven Secrets Larry Coryell was the first fusion guitarist. He brought the sound of electric blues and rock into jazz during 1966-67 on his recordings with Chico Hamilton, Free Spirits, and the Gary Burton Quartet. While later overshadowed by John [...]

  • Dizzy Gillespie, Concert Of The Century – A Tribute To Charlie Parker


Reviews DIZZY GILLESPIE, CONCERT OF THE CENTURY A Tribute To Charlie Parker In Nov. 1980, an all-star sextet filled with classic veterans performed at what was billed as “Concert Of The Century – A Tribute To Charlie Parker.” While the heading was not exactly accurate since [...]

  • Chris Potter, The Dreamer Is The Dream

CHRIS POTTER – The Dreamer Is The Dream

Reviews CHRIS POTTER, The Dreamer Is The Dream Chris Potter has been one of the most significant and stimulating saxophonists of the past 30 years. His latest ECM release showcases him in a quartet with pianist David Virelles, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Marcus Gilmore. [...]

Hilary Kole – Review

Reviews HILARY KOLE, A Self Portrait A perennially popular presence on the NYC jazz scene and a world renowned concert hall and symphony performer, Hilary Kole has wowed us before with her dynamic recordings Haunted Hart (produced by fellow jazz great John Pizzarelli) and the [...]

Gregg Kallor – Review

Reviews GREGG KALLOR, A Single Noon Tremendously gifted pianist and composer Gregg Kallor describes his latest CD,”A Single Noon” as “a love letter to this incredible city.”  Now, exactly which city is he speaking of?”-- you ask. Of course he is speaking of the city [...]

Diane Reeves – Review

Reviews DIANNE REEVES, Beautiful Life (Concord) After a five year layoff, one of jazz’s most sparkling voices and innovative vocalists returns on a new label to celebrate the art of collaboration. In the spirit of her producer Terri Lyne Carrington’s 2011 Grammy winning The Mosaic [...]

Lawrence Blatt – Review

Reviews LAWRENCE BLATT, Emergence In 2007, acoustic guitarist Lawrence Blatt named one of his trademark recordings Fibonacci’s Dream, after one of the Middle Ages’ greatest mathematicians – and composed songs using Fibonacci’s “Golden Ratio” numbers to inspire the way he approached the chords, melodies and [...]