Jazz

Arun Ramamurthy Trio – Jazz Carnatica (2014)

Arun Ramamurthy Trio – Jazz Carnatica (2014)

South Indian jazz is practically Arun Ramamurthy’s life’s calling and he answers that call to virtual perfection with ‘Jazz Carnatica.’

Manhattan Transfer, 1980: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Manhattan Transfer, 1980: Shows I’ll Never Forget

I arrived at the Minnesota State Fair completely unaware of who was playing that night. I left a life-long fan of Manhattan Transfer.

Ross Hammond + Grant Calvin Weston – Blues and Daily News (2014)

Ross Hammond + Grant Calvin Weston – Blues and Daily News (2014)

We review ‘Blues and Daily News’ by Ross Hammond and Grant Calvin Weston, a creative guitar/drums improv record.

Avishai Cohen’s Triveni – Dark Nights (2014)

Avishai Cohen’s Triveni – Dark Nights (2014)

Far from losing its freshness, this power jazz trio led by its virtuosic trumpet player Avishai Cohen has delivered its best set of recordings yet.

Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser: 10 Essential Performances

Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser: 10 Essential Performances

Remembering Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser, who helped open the door to jazz for me.

Burnt Belief (Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin + Jon Durant) – Etymology (2014)

Burnt Belief (Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin + Jon Durant) – Etymology (2014)

‘Etymology’ by Burnt Belief, featuring Porcupine Tree’s Colin Edwin and Jon Durant, is as good as you can get with downtempo music.

Kenny Shanker – Action City (2014)

Kenny Shanker – Action City (2014)

Here’s a review of Kenny Shanker’s Action City, a perfect blend of top-notch composing and refined musicianship.

Kenny Barron + Dave Holland – The Art of Conversation (2014)

Kenny Barron + Dave Holland – The Art of Conversation (2014)

Dave Holland and Kenny Barron sound like two players finishing one another sentences — despite small but important differences in dialect.

Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble – Not Dark Yet (2014)

Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble – Not Dark Yet (2014)

You got to come on, man, and take a piece of Mr. Nathan Parker Smith’s band.

John Butcher, saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

John Butcher, saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

John Butcher in remarkable in that he plays differently in different places, constantly trying different sounds and new ideas.