Archive for April, 2010

The Wide, Wild, Wonderful World of Satoko Fujii: Her last 5 releases (2009, 2010)

The Wide, Wild, Wonderful World of Satoko Fujii: Her last 5 releases (2009, 2010)

photo: Valerie Trucchia by S. Victor Aaron Since starting up this site about four years ago, we’ve taken a look at a Japanese whack jazzer only once, but the fact of the matter is, the Land of the Rising Sun is a haven for music that’s unconventional, unpredictable and thriving on the edge. For this post, we’ll make up forRead More

Otmaro Ruiz – Sojourn (2009)

Otmaro Ruiz – Sojourn (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron These days, there’s very little in the way of positive vibes coming out of Venezuela to the U.S., so to balance things out, I’m going to offer up one: Otmaro Ruiz. Ruiz hails from Caracas, but his muse—not to mention his abilities on piano—brought him to the musically rich environs of Los Angeles as a youngRead More

Time for an ECM Two-fer: Paul Motion Trio and Ralph Towner/Paolo Fresu (2010)

Time for an ECM Two-fer: Paul Motion Trio and Ralph Towner/Paolo Fresu (2010)

Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times by S. Victor Aaron Last month ECM put on sale new offerings by two of their oldest stalwarts: drummer Paul Motian and Ralph Towner. Motian has been discussed on this site probably more than any other drummer, no doubt due to his long association with Bill Evans and his more recent contributions asRead More

More HighNote high jinks! Wallace Roney and Joe Chambers drop new releases (2010)

More HighNote high jinks! Wallace Roney and Joe Chambers drop new releases (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Last Tuesday, HighNote Records furnished two new CD’s, each by established veterans of the jazz scene. Look on the back of just about any classic Blue Note album from the 60s, and you’re likely to see Joe Chambers’ name listed as the drummer. And while there’s no notable drum solos to be found on those records,Read More

One Track Mind: Ethan Keller, "Rock and Rock Will Save Your Soul" (2010)

One Track Mind: Ethan Keller, "Rock and Rock Will Save Your Soul" (2010)

by Pico We’ve used this space for bringing telling the world about the recorded accomplishments of artists both popular and obscure, and for us, at least, the talented ones who haven’t emerged yet are usually the ones that are most fun to write about. With those types, there’s a greater chance you’re telling the story to people who hadn’t heardRead More

Brandon Wright – Boiling Point (2010)

Brandon Wright – Boiling Point (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Fresh, new talent worth listening to is often hard to spot. Good thing the folks at jazz label Posi-Tone Records specialize in bringing to our attention promising young talent who will keep the flame of jazz going for another generation. Their issuance yesterday of the first album by saxophonist Brandon Wright is the first step inRead More

Luis Bonilla – I Talking Now! (2009)

Luis Bonilla – I Talking Now! (2009)

by Nick DeRiso Luis Bonilla’s “I Talking Now” (NJCO/Planet Arts), from the first bristling blast of trombone on the title track, is dashing down a busy city street. It’s difficult to tell, at first, if he’s running away from or toward something. Whatever the apprehensions, you are quickly surrounded by all of the nervy beauty and the exhilarating clatter we’veRead More

One Track Mind: Jacky Terrasson – "Beat It/Body And Soul" (2010)

One Track Mind: Jacky Terrasson – "Beat It/Body And Soul" (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron He looks like a young Keith Jarrett, even hums along to his piano lines a little like Jarrett, but Jacky Terrasson is defying straight comparisons to anybody. This 1993 winner of the Thelonious Monk competition can conjure the big, train-like sound of McCoy Tyner, the cerebral presence of Brad Mehldau or the spiritual elegance of AbdullahRead More

Phil Collins – Going Back (2010)

I had thought Phil Collins had stopped making regular studio records altogether, and I’ll bet many of you did, too. After all, it had been eight years since Testify and he seemed to have settled into a successful little niche of making soundtrack music. However, there would be at least one more new studio Phil Collins album — Going Back.Read More

Fred Anderson – 21st Century Chase (2009) (CD/DVD)

Fred Anderson – 21st Century Chase (2009) (CD/DVD)

by S. Victor Aaron Birthday parties are almost always such fun events and nowadays, they all get captured on video. When someone marks their eightieth birthday, that’s a real cause for celebration. And when the birthday boy celebrates it by ripping it up making some great music, that’s just icing on the birthday cake. Delmark Records, a Chicago institution asRead More