Jazz

Grace Marino, “Take A Chance (Gotta Get Happy)” (2015): One Track Mind

Grace Marino, “Take A Chance (Gotta Get Happy)” (2015): One Track Mind

The jazzy “Take A Chance (Gotta Get Happy)” sways to the atmospheric cadence of Grace Marino’s affecting vocals and cool-cat instrumentation.

Ornette Coleman, an inscrutable genius, gave jazz its freedom

Ornette Coleman, an inscrutable genius, gave jazz its freedom

There were technical things that made Ornette Coleman’s work great. But stressing that gives away the one thing that really mattered: Its freedom.

Denny Zeitlin and George Marsh – Riding The Moment (2015)

Denny Zeitlin and George Marsh – Riding The Moment (2015)

Here is a review of a uniquely experimental set of electro-acoustic improvisations between Denny Zeitlin and George March, ‘Riding The Moment.’

Renato D’Aiello – Satori (2015)

Renato D’Aiello – Satori (2015)

Renato D’Aiello’s ‘Satori’ surprised me in all the best ways good music can, and I warmed more to it with each play – and there have been many.

Ivo Perelman and Whit Dickey – Tenorhood (2015)

Ivo Perelman and Whit Dickey – Tenorhood (2015)

Ivo Perelman ha s meeting of the minds with drummer Whit Dickey in exploring what is possible on a tenor saxophone thanks to the innovations of his forebears.

Nick Hempton, “Change For A Dollar [Catch and Release #8]” (2015): One Track Mind

Nick Hempton, “Change For A Dollar [Catch and Release #8]” (2015): One Track Mind

Here’s a review of the last song from Nick Hempton’s ‘Catch and Release’ series. “Change For A Dollar” features his base quartet plus tenorman Jerry Weldon.

Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ As Falls Wichita took us on a stunning, cinematic journey

Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ As Falls Wichita took us on a stunning, cinematic journey

When Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ ‘As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls’ arrived in May 1981, it sounded like nothing else in my record collection.

Tom Tallitsch – All Together Now (2015)

Tom Tallitsch – All Together Now (2015)

The tenor ace Tallitsch delivers another mainstream jazz outing with a stellar supporting cast that’s dynamic, majestic and yes, a boatload of fun.

Henry Threadgill Zooid – In For a Penny, In For a Pound (2015)

Henry Threadgill Zooid – In For a Penny, In For a Pound (2015)

Working in mysterious ways with his Zooid quintet, Henry Threadgill offers another installment of ingenuity on ‘In For a Penny, In For a Pound.’

Restlessly creative to the end, Bob Belden’s last Animation project was a fitting coda

Restlessly creative to the end, Bob Belden’s last Animation project was a fitting coda

As one of the final artistic statements by the multi-talented Bob Belden, Animation’s ‘Transparent Heart’ stands as a fitting coda to a rich career.