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Quickies: Four More From Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records

Quickies: Four More From Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records

by S. Victor Aaron Last year we spotlighted a trio of CD’s that made up the maiden releases by a new record label, the artist-run collective Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records. A year later last June, there were three more BJU records to examine. And here we are less than six months after that, and there are now four more newRead More

The Cannonball Adderley Sextet – In New York (1962)

The Cannonball Adderley Sextet – In New York (1962)

by Nick DeRiso Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, a spirited, bluesy and always fun performer, seemed to burst out from a series of early live recordings during a period when that was rare. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, there were just too many logistical nightmares, from getting good takes in the smoky, raucous atmosphere of a nightclub, to finding aRead More

Guilherme Monteiro – Air (2009)

Guilherme Monteiro – Air (2009)

For Brazilian guitarist Guilherme Monteiro, this was his first album — but looking at his long list of accomplishments tells you already that there’s nothing rookie about it. Having studied at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and plied his trade in NYC since 2000, Monteiro has worked with leading lights such as Ron Carter, Kenny Werner, Grady Tate,Read More

Daniel Kelly – Emerge (2009)

Daniel Kelly – Emerge (2009)

Daniel Kelly is a keyboardist and composer with three albums since 2000 already under his belt before this one, and given his predilection for delving into so many different styles, every release has been a surprise. For Emerge, Kelly’s theme is the piano trio format, but to him, that’s hardly limiting. Sometimes he switches over to a Fender Rhodes, andRead More

Arthur Kell – Victoria (Live In Germany) (2009)

Arthur Kell – Victoria (Live In Germany) (2009)

This live set is only Kell’s third album, but the bassist/composer offers a fully-conceived collection of songs that’s both modern and melodic. Providing the support are alto saxophonist Loren Stillman (Jackalope, Ecumenics), drummer Joe Smith (John McNeil, Ryan Blotnick) and guitarist Brad Shepik (Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, Dave Douglas). Stillman and Shepik both appeared on an album byRead More

Movies: Wayne Shorter – Live at Montreux, 1996 (2008)

Movies: Wayne Shorter – Live at Montreux, 1996 (2008)

“Live at Montreux,” which focuses on tunes from Wayne Shorter’s then-new album “High Life,” might have been just another night in a lifetime of concert dates — if not for the former Miles Davis sideman’s still prodigious, almost hypnotic ability on the sax. That, and some bonus cuts from Montreux performances by Shorter in 1991-92, courtesy of Eagle Rock EntertainmentRead More

Something Else! Interview: Jazz pianist Marcus Roberts

Marcus Roberts has burst back onto the jazz landscape, 11 years after his last session, with “New Orleans Meets Harlem, Vol. 1” – one of the Florida-born pianist’s most celebrated recordings. A rich and explorative combining of styles from across the legacy, Roberts’ record nevertheless retains its uniquely Southern voice with notable assists from longtime playing partners Roland Guerin onRead More

Diana Krall – Quiet Nights (2009)

A mature romanticism permeates “Quiet Nights,” Diana Krall’s intimate if not always challenging Verve release. Issued on March 31, “Quiet Nights” features three familiar Brazilian classics (yes, including, “The Boy from Ipanema”), four rhythmically infused popular American tunes and three elegant ballads. Throughout, Krall’s whispery smooth phrasing (part Julie London, part mature-era Peggy Lee) meshes perfectly — like slipping betweenRead More

Download: Marcus Roberts' "New Orleans Meets Harlem, Vol. 1"

Download: Marcus Roberts' "New Orleans Meets Harlem, Vol. 1"

NICK DERISO: With “New Orleans Meets Harlem,” pianist Marcus Roberts explores the connections between two of jazz music’s most elemental tributaries — building on familiar ideas put in place by Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. The record, Roberts’ first in eight years, hits the streets on Tuesday, March 31, and features bassist RolandRead More

Wynton Marsalis – He and She (2009)

Wynton Marsalis – He and She (2009)

NICK DERISO: “He and She,” trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’ fifth Blue Note recording, is a toe-tapping celebration, a cautionary tale and a loving requiem for the journey that passion takes. There’s poetry in the playing but, perhaps unfortunately, also actual poetry. “He and She,” recorded live over a two-day period and minimally edited, features a heady mix of New Orleans streetRead More

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