Archive for June, 2010

Quickies: New Release Roundup 2010, Vol. 5

Quickies: New Release Roundup 2010, Vol. 5

Things could be looking up for Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. by Pico It’s been a whole three months since we last discussed a batch of sparkling new releases that are targeted for wider audiences. That’s such a long span that a few of the half dozen records yakked about below had been in circulation for several months, now. IfRead More

Fred Anderson (1929-2010): An Appreciation

Fred Anderson (1929-2010): An Appreciation

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File by S. Victor Aaron Fred Anderson, a forward thinking tenor saxophonist for more than six decades and a major force in Chicago’s vital jazz scene, died Thursday following a heart attack. He was 81 years old. What I’ve found so remarkable about Anderson isn’t so much that he lived so long, but that he lived soRead More

Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden – Jasmine (2010)

I don’t think I’ve gone a year lately without at least two reviews on a Keith Jarrett record, and halfway through this one, that “quota” is already met. But this time, it’s not a solo piano record or a trio with Jack deJohnette and Gary Peacock. Rather, it’s a reunion of Jarrett with one of the largest looming figures inRead More

Quickies: New Release Roundup 2010, Vol. 4 (Unhinged edition)

Quickies: New Release Roundup 2010, Vol. 4 (Unhinged edition)

The thrash-jazz music of Little Women is well off the wall. by S. Victor It’s time again to take a walk on the wide side. Anybody who plays that unpredictable, elaborate and passionate music called jazz has my eternal respect. If they play it in new and unconventional ways, well, that’s usually a bonus to me. And if they toilRead More

Nadav Remez – So Far (2011)

A young Israeli just beginning to make his imprint on New York’s competitive jazz scene, guitarist and composer Nadav Remez is a grad of both Berklee and the New England Conservatory of Music. With the help of Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, he issued his first album, a powerful calling card called So Far. Backed by a quintet that includes fellowRead More

The John Coltrane Quartet – Africa/Brass (1961)

The John Coltrane Quartet – Africa/Brass (1961)

It’s perhaps no surprise that John Coltrane wanted to do something different upon moving to the Impulse label after a long association with Atlantic. No surprise, either, that it might be a recording with a larger aggregate behind him. That was, and is, the style of the day when jazzers seek to get out of the box a bit. LeaveRead More

Rerun: The Isley Brothers – "Summer Breeze" (1973)

Rerun: The Isley Brothers – "Summer Breeze" (1973)

Marvin Isley, the youngest of the Isley Brothers and one of the great, underrated R&B bass players of all time, died Sunday morning in a hospital in Chicago after long suffering major complications from his diabetes. He was 56 years old. In memory of his passing, we re-post an article about a song he and his brothers masterfully covered duringRead More

Sarah Manning – Dandelion Clock (2010)

Sarah Manning – Dandelion Clock (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron “Finding your own voice” is such an overused phrase these days. That especially holds true in the music business, where such rote advice is handed out like doubloons at a Mardi Gras parade. The young, alto tenor saxophone specialist Sarah Manning has heard those words herself, but probably since they came directly from sages like JackieRead More

The Nels Cline Singers – Initiate (2010)

The Nels Cline Singers – Initiate (2010)

Multiple personality disorder is considered an affliction among the mentally disabled, but when it comes to the artistry of that unquenchable, multidimensional guitarist Nels Cline, it’s the very thing that makes him such an unpredictably compelling musician. Each time I’ve audited a new record of his, like his celebration of the music of Andrew Hill or another genre-bending effort byRead More