Jazz

Daniel Rosenboom Quintet – Fire Keeper (2014)

Daniel Rosenboom Quintet – Fire Keeper (2014)

We’ve firmly established a few things about Daniel Rosenboom from his Best of 2013 release Book of Omens: he’s a fearless composer, bandleader, and trumpet player who lunges headfirst into the frontiers of modern progressive jazz

Something Else! Interview: Jazz singer Barb Jungr

Something Else! Interview: Jazz singer Barb Jungr

Singer Barb Jungr is enjoying herself lately. With trips, tours and events, she is kept very busy. One important reason is she is in possession of something a lot of people want: her voice.

Eddie Allen – Push (2014)

Eddie Allen – Push (2014)

Eddie Allen and his trumpet has traversed across much of jazz’s topography.

Fabian Almazan – Rhizome (2014)

Fabian Almazan – Rhizome (2014)

If you’ve seen trumpeter Terence Blanchard live you are already well aware of pianist/composer Fabian Almazan.

Viper Mad Trio – Buddy Bolden’s Blues (2014)

Viper Mad Trio – Buddy Bolden’s Blues (2014)

With so many traditional jazz artists fetishizing the oh-so-serious 1950s, it’s a breath of fresh air to find the Viper Mad Trio kicking up their heels amid the hipster — and determinedly happy — small-combo sounds that came before.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls” (1981)

I don’t know about the rest of the Pat Metheny fan base, but I was pretty much unprepared for what As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls had to offer.

‘Things, for a while, were not looking good’: For UK jazz scene, a bold return to vibrancy

‘Things, for a while, were not looking good’: For UK jazz scene, a bold return to vibrancy

Not so long ago, the UK jazz scene looked like it was in trouble. Audience numbers were dwindling and it became harder for musicians to get gigs, especially for those new on the scene.

Mike Dillon – Band of Outsiders (2014)

Mike Dillon – Band of Outsiders (2014)

Gonzo vibes man Mike Dillon is the secret weapon in whatever project he’s involved with, whether it’s Garage A Trois, The Dead Kenny G’s or even Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.

Oran Etkin – Gathering Light (2014)

Oran Etkin – Gathering Light (2014)

Oran Etkin brings a childlike wonder to the clarinet, which is not just a passing comment in his case; the clarinetist and saxophonist has a school that teaches smalls kids up to age ten about music in an open and effective way through his Timbalooloo method.

Abe Ovadia – Three by Three (2014)

Abe Ovadia – Three by Three (2014)

Nearly a year ago, I wrote a review about a stellar performance by Abe Ovadia — a young up and coming guitarist who creates his own rules and is an imitation of no one.