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

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  • Keith

Keith “THE CAPTAIN” Gamble

Keith "THE CAPTAIN" Gamble Singer-Songwriter, Keith THE CAPTAIN Gamble’s heart and soul are [...]

  • 5th Annual National Jazz Museum In Harlem - Jon Batiste, Sheila E., Arturo O’Farrill

5th Annual National Jazz Museum In Harlem

Jon Batiste, Sheila E., Arturo O’Farrill National Jazz Museum in Harlem June [...]

  • International Songwriting Competition

ISC – 2018 Judges

INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION (ISC) JUDGES ANNOUNCED Judges Include: Adam Lambert, Tom Waits, The [...]

Reviews

  • Oscar Peterson - Plays

OSCAR PETERSON – Plays

Reviews - Oscar Peterson  - Plays - Producer Norman Granz, who discovered Oscar Peterson playing in Montreal in 1949, loved the pianist's playing so much that he presented Peterson with Jazz At The Philharmonic, became his manager, and recorded him prolifically during the 1950s [...]

  • Martial Solal - My One and Only Love

MARTIAL SOLAL – My One And Only Love

Reviews - Martial Solal  - My One And Only Love - One of Europe's (and jazz's) finest pianists during the past 60 years, Martial Solal turned 90 last Aug. 23. Born in Algiers and a resident of Paris since 1950, Solal gained experience early [...]

  • The Manhattan Transfer - The Juncton

THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER – The Junction

Reviews - The Manhattan Transfer  - The Junction - The Manhattan Transfer was originally founded in 1969 by Tim Hauser. After one recording, that version of the group broke up and can now be thought of as a false start. In 1972 Hauser tried [...]

  • David Kikoski

DAVID KIKOSKI – Kayemode

Reviews - David Kikoski  - Kayemode - Although never the most famous of jazz pianists, David Kikoski has been one of the most vital of the past 30 years. He joined Roy Haynes' group back in 1986 (they have played together off and on [...]

  • Eva Cassidy-Songbird

EVA CASSIDY – Songbird 20

Reviews  Eva Cassidy Songbird 20 There are three remarkable facts about the late singer Eva Cassidy. One is that she had a tragically brief life, passing away in 1996 at the age of 33 from melanoma. Another is that during her lifetime she displayed [...]

  • Miles Davis & John Coltrane - The Final Tour

MILES DAVIS & JOHN COLTRANE – The Final Tour

Reviews Miles Davis & John ColtraneThe Final TourIn 1960, John Coltrane faced one of the turning points of his career. A member of the Miles Davis Quintet and Sextet during 1955-56 and since 1958, Coltrane had recently recorded his monumental Giant Steps album and was [...]

  • TheChickCorea-SteveGaddBand

THE CHICK COREA and STEVE GADD BAND – Chinese Butterfly

Reviews The Chick Corea and Steve Gadd Band Chinese Butterfly Chick Corea and Steve Gadd are old friends, having worked together on several notable occasions back in the 1970s. Gadd was the original drummer with the second version of Return To Forever before he [...]

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ANAT COHEN AND FRED HERSCH – Live In Healdsburg

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 [...]

  • 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

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 - JazzMonthly.com

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

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE BIG BAND – Bringin’ It Review

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 - JazzMonthly.com

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 [...]

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WES MONTGOMERY – In 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

MARS WILLIAMS PRESENTS – An Ayler Xmas

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

MARTIAL SOLAL & DAVE LIEBMAN – Masters In Bordeaux

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

PETER BERNSTEIN – Signs Live!

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

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 [...]