Archive for September, 2008

Dave Holland Sextet – Pass It On (2008)

Dave Holland Sextet – Pass It On (2008)

A couple of years ago, I posed the question: is the Dave Holland Quintet the best jazz group working today? Today, the Dave Holland Quintet has been supplanted by the Dave Holland Sextet, and with last week’s unfurling of the Sextet’s first record Pass It On, we get to assess how good Holland’s latest incarnation is. Holland, in case you’reRead More

Sinatra and Jobim, – Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim (1967)

Sinatra and Jobim, – Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim (1967)

NICK DERISO: Jobim’s bossa nova orchestrations — marked by feather-like rhythms and a freer song structure — provide the platform for Frank Sinatra’s most interesting late-period release. “I haven’t sung so soft,” the belter once joked, “since I had the laryngitis.” Stories of the way conductor Claus Ogerman struggled to get the sensual tempo just right for both men areRead More

Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, ‘Walk Tall’ (1969): One Track Mind

You have Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, playing a concert amidst some of the darkest moments of 1960s strife, making his own statement for racial pride. Then, as this former Miles Davis sideman repeats the song’s edgy admonition — Walk tall! Walk tall! — his band rumbles up with a friendly, familiar soul context. That’s anchored by Joe Zawinul, recalling his workRead More

David Gilmour – Live at Gdansk (2008)

Missing in the eternal argument embodied in their 1970s lyric — Which one’s Pink? — was my idea that it was neither Roger Waters nor David Gilmour. Maybe there would have been no Pink Floyd, not really, without Richard Wright. That’s what I hear in “Live at Gdansk” with Gilmour and Wright, recorded in 2006, but issued just days afterRead More

R.L. Burnside – First Recordings (2003)

R.L. Burnside – First Recordings (2003)

by Nick Deriso Reissued through a joint agreement with Oxford, Miss.-based Fat Possum and Epitaph, “First Recordings” is the result of a neighbor’s recommendation. “If you want a man who can flat lay down the blues,” Othar Turner said, pointing producer George Mitchell down the road outside Coldwater, Miss., in 1967, “I know who that be.” It was R.L. Burnside,Read More

Quickies: Shaun Barrowes, Keith Emerson, Lindsey Buckingham, Jay D'Amico Trio

Quickies: Shaun Barrowes, Keith Emerson, Lindsey Buckingham, Jay D'Amico Trio

It’s been since the beginning of August since we’ve last done a “Quickies” here, so we’re long overdue for another one. There’s been a bevy of music put out during these last eight weeks that our full-fledged reviews don’t begin to cover, and a lot of it noteworthy. Gosh, I might be back with another “Quickies” next week just toRead More

Charlie Haden – Rambling Boy (2008)

Charlie Haden – Rambling Boy (2008)

by Nick DeRiso We know Charlie Haden as the bass-playing ground wire on scores of jazz’s more important works — not least of which was his late 1950s turn with the shape-shifting improvisational genius Ornette Coleman. Later, Haden was memorably featured alongside John Coltrane, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, with his own Liberation Music Orchestra and then the hipster noir bandRead More

One Track Mind: Marc Ribot "Caravan" (1992)

One Track Mind: Marc Ribot "Caravan" (1992)

Marc Ribot is near the front of a phalanx of whack jazz axe slingers that includes Fred Frith, Henry Kaiser, and of course, good ol’ Bill Frisell. As way out his anything-goes approach goes on his solo records, he’s plenty versatile enough to play for guys as diverse as John Zorn, Elvis Costello and Tom Waits, even touring extensively inRead More

Tal Ross – Aka Detrimental Vasoline: Giant Shirley (2008)

It was only a few years ago that I was lamenting the fleeting guitar talent in George Clinton’s early Funkadelic band who reached incredible heights as Clinton’s lead axeman on funk classics like Free Your Mind … And Your Ass Will Follow and Maggot Brain. Besides Eddie Hazel, there was another important guitar player in that group who also hadRead More

Michael Bates – Clockwise (2008)

Michael Bates – Clockwise (2008)

Sometimes you know if a CD is going to be good even before you cue it up and start listening to it. The first thing I that caught my eye when I opened up Michael Bates’ Clockwise CD was the note that it was taped live on a two-track recorder. The second thing I noticed was that the sessions wereRead More

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