Archive for May 18th, 2011

Anthony Wilson – Campo Belo (2011)

Guitarist/bandleader Anthony Wilson, son of legendary L.A. composer, pianist and big band bandleader Gerald Wilson, has established himself as an artist in his own right since leading his own records from 1997 on, including a long, ongoing stint in Diana Krall’s band. Though Anthony chose guitar as his instrument and is quite good at it, bandleading and composing are bigRead More

Something Else! Interview: Jazz drumming legend Alphonse Mouzon

A seminal force in the berth of fusion, the versatile Alphonse Mouzon has played drums alongside of dizzying array of jazz greats. Even today, it’s no different.

Half Notes: Lester Young and Teddy Wilson – Pres and Teddy (1956)

What was cool about Lester Young was that he kept evolving. All “Pres” did was: — Pave the way for bebop in the 1930s. — Presuppose, while playing clarinet with Basie back in the day, the cool California sound of Paul Desmond in Dave Brubeck’s 1960s band. — Later find his own endless vista of late-period thoughtfulness in the 1950s.Read More

Half Notes: Travis Sullivan – New Directions (2011)

Since 1999, alto saxophonist Travis Sullivan has made a record on average only about every six years or so. Perhaps it’s because he’s very much into his signature project leading the 18-piece big band Bjorkestra, a vehicle for his arrangements of songs by Iceland’s pop icon Bjork. Enjoy! (2008) is the recorded fruits of his main labor of love, butRead More

My Chemical Romance – Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge (2004)

by Mark Saleski One of the things the really bugged me about the whole “modern rock” and Nu-metal era (is it over yet?) was the sameness. Not just that a lot of the bands sounded the same, but that the songs themselves tended to be

Half Notes: Eric Reed and Cyrus Chestnut – Plenty Swing, Plenty Soul (2010)

by Mark Saleski To my ears, the reference standard of piano duo recordings has to be that Chick Corea/Herbie Hancock thing. Monstrous, is what it is. This is a little different though. First, it’s Reed and Chestnut (duh). Second, there’s the presence of bass and drums (Dezron Douglas, Willie Jones III). The title gets it right. There is mad swingRead More