Jazz

Ben Goldberg – Orphic Machine (2015)

Ben Goldberg – Orphic Machine (2015)

Here is a review of Ben Goldberg’s ‘Orphic Machine’, his salute to the influence of his old college professor, the late poet Allen Grossman. Goldberg, once again sublimely assimilates so many disparate influences, and is able to distill them into a product he projects through his own, kaleidoscopic lens.

Pat Martino + Jim Ridl, “The Phineas Trane” from Nexus (2015)

Pat Martino + Jim Ridl, “The Phineas Trane” from Nexus (2015)

Pat Martino was moved to pick up the guitar again after hearing Jim Ridl, and that deep connection is thrown into high relief on this standout track.

Joey Calderazzo, “Mike’s Song” from Going Home (2015): One Track Mind

Joey Calderazzo, “Mike’s Song” from Going Home (2015): One Track Mind

Joey Calderazzo’s “Mike’s Song” keeps his fallen leader Michael Brecker’s spirit alive and strong with nary a single note blown from a horn.

Grace Marino, “Coz Of You” (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Grace Marino, “Coz Of You” (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Grace Marino’s grand vocals radiate with feeling on the forthcoming “Coz of You,” which glows with elegance to a jazz-pop pitch.

Jose James – Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday (2015)

Jose James – Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday (2015)

Jose James’ new collection of classic Billie Holiday covers makes for a stellar, if somber, album. Yesterday I had the blues, indeed.

Petros Klampanis, “Luiza” from Minor Dispute (2015): Something Else! video premiere

The talented bassist Petros Klampanis utilizes both classical and jazz backgrounds to add even more finesse to Antonio Carlos Jobim’s beautiful ballad.

Dave Douglas and High Risk + Shigeto, “Molten Sunset” (2015): One Track Mind

Dave Douglas and High Risk + Shigeto, “Molten Sunset” (2015): One Track Mind

A new collaboration with DJ Shigeto represents the lastest musical twist in an intriguing journey filled with them for trumpeter Dave Douglas.

Ernestine Anderson, “Just In Time” from Swing the Penthouse (2015): One Track Mind

Ernestine Anderson, “Just In Time” from Swing the Penthouse (2015): One Track Mind

In February 1962, as Ernestine Anderson took the stage at a Seattle jazz club, the then-34 year old should have been consolidating her early successes.

Glenn Zaleski Trio – My Ideal (2015)

Glenn Zaleski’s debut album ‘My Ideal’ is ideal those who crave well-performed piano trio jazz.

Wild Card – Organic Riot (2015)

Wild Card – Organic Riot (2015)

I was expecting funk. What I was not expecting was the improvisation that Wild Card introduces into every number on ‘Organic Root.’