Jazz

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

Randy Weston – The Spirits of Our Ancestors (1992)

Randy Weston – The Spirits of Our Ancestors (1992)

NICK DERISO: “The Spirits of Our Ancestors,” pianist Randy Weston’s vibrant exploration of the African roots within jazz, remains a rapturous delight in any language. Legends Dizzy Gillespie, Idris Muhammad, longtime Basie sideman Benny Powell and Pharoah Sanders appear, while groundbreaking trombonist Melba Liston — then working for the first time with Weston since suffering a stroke in the mid-1980sRead More

Forgotten series: Dizzy Gillespie – Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac (1967)

Forgotten series: Dizzy Gillespie – Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac (1967)

NICK DERISO: Recorded live at the club Memory Lane in Los Angeles over a two-night stand on May 25-26, 1967, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie’s five-track “Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac” is sometimes criticized for its brevity. Sure. There have been boxed sets produced with slighter source material. Still, Gillespie, in particular on tracks like the standout Brazilian-tinged “Mas Que Nada,” remained atRead More

Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue: Legacy Edition (2008)

Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue: Legacy Edition (2008)

Miles Davis’ ‘Kind Of Blue’ still speaks a whole encyclopedia set of what jazz is truly about.

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