Archive for December 15th, 2011

Geri Allen – A Child Is Born (2011)

Whereas Geri Allen’s solo piano debut for Motema, 2010’s Flying Toward the Sound, focused on musical inspirations Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and Cecil Taylor, the follow up travels in more personal circles.

Half Notes: Buddy Emmons – Steel Guitar Jazz (1963)

A jazz quartet plus steel guitar as lead instrument. This might sound like a novelty record but instead it’s Emmons playing his heart out on a program of standards and originals (the opening “Bluemmons” is killer). Very cool to hear the steel guitar trading fours with the sax. The unison playing on Sonny Rollins “Oleo” is just nuts. A bonusRead More

S. Victor Aaron's Top Albums for 2011, Part 3 of 4: Mainstream and Modern Jazz

When I sat down to think of all the standout mainstream and modern jazz records released in 2011 I could recommend without any hesitation whatsoever, I came up with 20 selections. Holy crap, 20!

Genesis – Box Set 3; 1970-1975 (2008)

1970-1975 was one of the most creative, if not weird, periods of musical history, and that goes for Genesis as well. The most artistically exciting material of the band’s career, which is all covered on Box Set 3 (1970-1975), was produced during these years.