Jazz

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble – Sketches of Spain Revisited (2014)

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble – Sketches of Spain Revisited (2014)

Obert Davis and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic manage to be faithful to Miles Davis’ original ‘Sketches of Spain,’ yet take it to new heights.

Kenny Garrett, jazz saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

Kenny Garrett, jazz saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

Kenny Garrett on carrying the spirit of John Coltrane, and taking his audience on a journey.

Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces – Red (2014)

Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces – Red (2014)

‘Red’ establishes Rik Wright’s Fundamental Forces as a hard-to-categorize jazz force to be reckoned with.

Oliver Lake Organ Quartet – What I Heard (2014)

Oliver Lake Organ Quartet – What I Heard (2014)

‘What I Heard’ is a fresh and original approach to organ jazz that only the alto sax avant-garde legend Oliver Lake can conceive.

Omer Avital – New Song (2014)

Omer Avital – New Song (2014)

Omer Avital’s ‘New Song’ is a finely crafted synthesis of Middle Eastern, Afro-Cuban and American soul-jazz that’s world music without being self-consciously so.

Natsuki Tamura + Alexander Frangenheim – Nax (2014)

Natsuki Tamura + Alexander Frangenheim – Nax (2014)

Here is a review of ‘Nax,’ a free-jazz trumpet/bass encounter between Natsuki Tamura and Alexander Frangenheim.

Bill Laswell, Chad Smith + Jon Batiste – The Process (2014)

Bill Laswell, Chad Smith + Jon Batiste – The Process (2014)

Here is a review of ‘The Process’ by Bill Laswell, Chad Smith and Jon Batiste, a meeting of the minds of master musicians who hadn’t previously met.

Emotional tribute to Mel Davis proved music says far more than words

Emotional tribute to Mel Davis proved music says far more than words

A celebration of the life of one of improvisation’s major influences found many who loved Mel Davis gathered on stage at London’s Cafe Oto.

Billy Childs – Map to the Treasure: Reimaging Laura Nyro (2014)

Billy Childs – Map to the Treasure: Reimaging Laura Nyro (2014)

With Billy Childs’ ‘Map to the Treasure: Reimaging Laura Nyro,’ it looks like my best albums of 2014 list just got longer.

Rudresh Mahanthappa, “Chillin’,” from Bird Calls (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Rudresh Mahanthappa, “Chillin’,” from Bird Calls (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Here is a sneak peek of Rudresh Mahanthappa’s “Chillin’,” from his upcoming February 2015 release ‘Bird Calls.’