Archive for April, 2009

Movies: The Village (2004)

by Tom Johnson Two words: “yawn” and “sigh.” Could there be any more plot holes in this story? Of course, I can’t really relate the story in order to display those holes so as not to destroy what little surprise this movie has in store. In short, I saw it coming after 20 minutes of the movie. If you’re payingRead More

Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber – Making Love To The Dark Ages (2009)

Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber – Making Love To The Dark Ages (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron Using large ensembles as vehicles for improvised music is hardly a new proposition, but can be one of the riskiest ones. After all, the more musicians involved, the more likelihood that one or more them won’t be on the same page and thus the greater potential for, well, disaster. We visited upon the music of oneRead More

Tony Bennett and Bill Evans – The Complete Tony Bennett/ Bill Evans Recordings (2009)

Tony Bennett and Bill Evans – The Complete Tony Bennett/ Bill Evans Recordings (2009)

“The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album” remains, for me, one of the three or four most engrossing vocal jazz recordings — along with Sinatra’s Jobim collaboration, Ella performing with Satchmo and Nat “King” Cole’s “After Midnight.” But what made the initial Bennett/Evans project, and its follow up — 1976’s “Together Again” — so special was not just that hearing a big-bandRead More

Chick Corea & John McLaughlin – Five Peace Band Live (2009)

We’re not even four months into 2009 and already we’re here for the third time since February celebrating a new Chick Corea release. In February, it was piano/piano face-off with Hiromi called Duet, in March it was the live document of Return To Forever’s triumphant return Returns, and today it’s about another nostalgia trip on the stage, Five Peace BandRead More

? and the Mysterians, “96 Tears” (1966): One Track Mind

? and the Mysterians, “96 Tears” (1966): One Track Mind

The frontman from ? and the Mysterians once said that voices from the future told him they would still be playing “96 Tears” in the year 10,000. So far, so good.

Quickies: Mike Pardew, Tom Knific Quartet, Corey Wilkes & Abstrakt Pulse

Quickies: Mike Pardew, Tom Knific Quartet, Corey Wilkes & Abstrakt Pulse

by Pico As before, this Quickies is an opportunity to highlight new offerings by some lesser-known jazz artists out there today. The thought crossed my mind to throw in a big name like Neil Young, but we kind of covered his Fork In The Road record last week in a One Track Mind. And so, without further ado, here’s aRead More

Movies: Wayne Shorter – Live at Montreux, 1996 (2008)

Movies: Wayne Shorter – Live at Montreux, 1996 (2008)

“Live at Montreux,” which focuses on tunes from Wayne Shorter’s then-new album “High Life,” might have been just another night in a lifetime of concert dates — if not for the former Miles Davis sideman’s still prodigious, almost hypnotic ability on the sax. That, and some bonus cuts from Montreux performances by Shorter in 1991-92, courtesy of Eagle Rock EntertainmentRead More

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, April 22, 2009

by Mark Saleski, in Boston You know, every time I go to a Bruce show, I come out of there thinking it was the best one ever. A few days later, after the adrenaline levels drop back to normal, memories of past concerts come back into focus: “Wait… what about back in…?” This time, the adrenaline obliterated by not nearlyRead More

Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel, "Willie and The Wheel" (2009)

Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel, "Willie and The Wheel" (2009)

Willie Nelson certainly has worked in more unexpected contexts lately — not least of which was his thoroughly surprising and just as thoroughly enjoyable turn alongside Wynton Marsalis at the Lincoln Center. There have also been other, occasionally unfortunate duets with pop singers, reggae guys, and rappers, too. So, yeah, “Willie and The Wheel,” a recording with Western swing preservationistsRead More

Kait Dunton – Real and Imagined (2008)

A lot of best and most successful jazz artists come from the best music programs: Berklee, Manhattan School of Music, and Julliard, have all produced countless musicians who’ve gone on to make big impacts on jazz. But when talking about fertile breeding grounds for jazz greats, the University of North Texas has to be in the conversation, too. Prominent UNTRead More

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