Jazz

Donna Deussen + Paul Weitz Trio – On the Street Where You Live (2015)

Donna Deussen + Paul Weitz Trio – On the Street Where You Live (2015)

Donna Deussen’s new collaboration with Paul Weitz feels like it came together over black coffee among friends. In essence, that is the story.

Kenny Wheeler – Songs For Quintet (2015)

Kenny Wheeler – Songs For Quintet (2015)

Here is a review of flugelhorn titan Kenny Wheeler’s elegant posthumous release ‘Songs For Quintet.’

Marianne Solivan – Spark (2014)

Marianne Solivan – Spark (2014)

Offering an alluring mix of original pieces and standards, Marianne Solivan’s ‘Spark,’ is a smoking session of well-rounded material.

Diana Krall – Wallflower (2015)

Diana Krall – Wallflower (2015)

Diana Krall is better than these arrangements, better than this album, better than she’s too-often presented — even though those records sell the most.

Ali Bey – My Finest Hour (2015)

Ali Bey – My Finest Hour (2015)

A funky, groovy midnight run of a record, Ali Bey’s satisfying ‘My Finest Hour’ features an abundance of grooves.

Ashley Daneman – Beauty Indestructible (2015)

Ashley Daneman – Beauty Indestructible (2015)

Ashley Daneman’s new album, while certainly couched in the world of jazz, is also irrepressibly personal and boldly imperfect.

Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth, “Epicenter” from Epicenter (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth, “Epicenter” from Epicenter (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Here is a review of Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth’s “Epicenter,” the title track from the jazz supergroup’s upcoming new album.

Nick Hempton, “Target Practice [Catch and Release #5]” (2015): One Track Mind

Nick Hempton, “Target Practice [Catch and Release #5]” (2015): One Track Mind

Here’s Nick Hempton’s fifth song is his ‘Catch and Release’ series, “Target Practice,” featuring Hempton on tenor fronting a classic, jazz quartet.

Kevin Eubanks + Stanley Jordan, “Lights” from Duets (2015): One Track Mind

Kevin Eubanks + Stanley Jordan, “Lights” from Duets (2015): One Track Mind

That Kevin Eubanks and Stanley Jordan offer fine takes on jazz staples here comes as little surprise. But Ellie Goulding’s “Lights”

Aaron Goldberg, “Yoyo” from The Now (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Aaron Goldberg, “Yoyo” from The Now (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

With laid-back, assured musicianship and a simpatico now over fifteen years running, the festive spirit of Port-Au-Prince gets channeled amiably through a jazz filter on the Aaron Goldberg Trio’s take on “Yoyo.”