Noah Preminger’s own story is increasingly that about a tenor saxophonist of unquestioned talent with passion and an appetite for risk taking. All of those things are on display on ‘Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar’.
Once again, noted Ottawa music critic Peter Hum walks the walk with a mainstream jazz album full of strong compositions and strong performances.
The bop delight ‘Past Present’ is a new classic to go alongside those vintage John Scofield Quartet classics.
‘Step It Up’ is not merely a title just as ‘The Jeff Lorber Fusion’ isn’t merely a name. It’s a challenge and Lorber with Jimmy Haslip rose up to meet it.
AndersonPonty Band’s “I See You Messenger” is a meeting of the minds between two still-vibrant and visionary musicians from the ’70s.
Full of moments of beauty and offbeat explorations, Kari Ikonen Trio’s ‘Beauteous Tales and Offbeat Stories’ goes beyond their sublime prior release ‘Bright’.
There’s more than a little satisfaction in hearing the champion of perhaps the most prestigious individual award from the straight jazz world stray way, way off the reservation.
John McLaughlin and his Mahavishnu Orchestra were busy creating new conventions, and ‘Birds of Fire’ set the bar high even as the band itself soon afterwards disintegrated. The Audio Fidelity version of their finest album makes their innovations a little more manifest.
An accomplished jazz singer, Carol Duboc flexes her R&B chops as well as her songwriting skill on this self-penned 10-song album.
Bernie Worrell’s ‘Improvisczario,’ released this week in 2007, is bubbling over with grooves. That’s not the surprising part.