Todd Clouser – Todd Clouser's A Love Electric (2010)

by Pico Fusion guitarist and Berklee grad Todd Clouser splits his residency between the frigid climes of Minneapolis, MN and the balmy, seaside vistas of Los Cabos, Mexico at the tip of the Baja California peninsula. Like scenery, Clouser enjoys contrasts in his music, too. After fronting a number of rock bands, tackles jazz on his third release, Todd Clouser’sRead More

Steve Turre – Delicious and Delightful (2010)

By Mark Saleski Odd instruments in jazz: pedal steel guitar, theremin, the Samchillian (You’ll have to trust me on this one. Its “formal” name is the “Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeee.” Don’t believe me? Look it up), the harmonica, the human voice (if you’re Shooby Taylor or Mike Patton), the saw blade. Some of these instruments are not “odd” soRead More

Wynton Marsalis – The Magic Hour (2004)

Wynton Marsalis – The Magic Hour (2004)

“The Magic Hour” by Louisiana-born trumpeter Wynton Marsalis was that sweetest of swinging homecomings – like time spent laughing with old friends on a front porch. We have Marsalis returning finally to small-band work – where he once sparked the kind of mainstream interest in a jazz trumpeter enjoyed long ago by the likes of Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis.Read More

Half Notes: Art Hirahara – Noble Path (2010)

Posi-Tone Records delivered a rare new album by NYC-based pianist Art Hirahara in 2010, called Noble Path. “Lyrical” is an adjective I’ve seen ascribed to Hirahara, and it’s one he lives up to on this trio date, his Posi-Tone debut. Though he hadn’t been very prolific leading sessions, Hirahara has been busy on the club circuit since arriving in NewRead More

Ken Fowser & Behn Gillece – Little Echo (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron It’s not unusual at all for the tenor sax and the vibraphone to appear on the same jazz record; we’ve heard these on countless jazz recordings. But by co-leading a record, saxophonist Ken Fowser and vibraphonist Behn Gillece gives us fairly rare opportunity to hear both instruments as the two lead voices sharing equal billing. LittleRead More

Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden – Jasmine (2010)

I don’t think I’ve gone a year lately without at least two reviews on a Keith Jarrett record, and halfway through this one, that “quota” is already met. But this time, it’s not a solo piano record or a trio with Jack deJohnette and Gary Peacock. Rather, it’s a reunion of Jarrett with one of the largest looming figures inRead More

Nadav Remez – So Far (2011)

A young Israeli just beginning to make his imprint on New York’s competitive jazz scene, guitarist and composer Nadav Remez is a grad of both Berklee and the New England Conservatory of Music. With the help of Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, he issued his first album, a powerful calling card called So Far. Backed by a quintet that includes fellowRead More

The John Coltrane Quartet – Africa/Brass (1961)

The John Coltrane Quartet – Africa/Brass (1961)

It’s perhaps no surprise that John Coltrane wanted to do something different upon moving to the Impulse label after a long association with Atlantic. No surprise, either, that it might be a recording with a larger aggregate behind him. That was, and is, the style of the day when jazzers seek to get out of the box a bit. LeaveRead More

Charles Mingus – Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus (1963)

Charles Mingus – Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus (1963)

by Nick DeRiso Bassist Charles Mingus, an enlightening yet stormy presence, clearly felt he had unfinished business with some of his earlier work. So, he used “Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus” and a move to the more creatively open Impulse! label to take another pass at them. That turned into a dramatic remodeling project for Mingus. In fact, he ripsRead More

Gerry Gibbs And The Electric Thrasher Orchestra – Play The Music Of Miles Davis, 1967-75 (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron I freakin’ love the music of Miles Davis. I once named a dog “Miles Davis.” I’ve written tons about Miles Davis. Even compare most every artist who’s doing something cool and expansive to Miles Davis. And when a musician takes on a project projecting the music of Miles Davis, I’m gonna listen to it and chancesRead More