Archive for September 15th, 2011

Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion – Urban Nature (2011)

Rock fans know him for his work with David Bowie and the Average White Band, jazz fans from moments alongside Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins (they’re on tour now), soul and pop fans from turns with Chaka Khan and Mariah Carey.

Forgotten series: Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros – Streetcore (2003)

by Mark Saleski I’m still kinda mad at Joe Strummer. I mean, did the guy have to kick off so early? He was still making great music!

Half Notes: The Reese Project – Evening in Vermont (2011)

A straight-ahead jazz quartet with instrumentation as atypical as their sensibilities, the Reese Project’s Evening in Vermont is perhaps best summed up in the track “All Wood,” a nifty combination of Miles Davis’ “All Blues” and the Beatles “Norwegian Wood.” That it’s performed on flute (Tom Reese), cello (Laurie Haines Reese), piano (Kirk Reese) and drums (Dave Young) only addsRead More

Thomas Dolby on ‘She Blinded Me With Science,’ ‘Hyperactive,’ others: Gimme Five

Even as Thomas Dolby got set to release A Map of the Floating City, his first album of new music in almost 20 years, his sound somehow remained both associated with the MTV era, and almost completely unbound by it. “If you’re right,” Dolby tells us, “it’s because everything is built from the song’s foundation. It tended to be theRead More

Ken Fowser/Behn Gillece – DuoTone (2011)

Last year we investigated a strong post-bop excursion by the potent, up-and-coming partnership of tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser and vibraphonist Behn Gillece. Little Echo (2010) swung like mad and put into sharp focus the tight rapport of Fowser and Gillece