There are just three tracks on ‘Still Happy,’ but they capture the essence of the late Harry Beckett’s fluent jazz trumpet.
‘Row For William O.’ reveals bassist Michael Bisio to be a great master because he is first and foremost such a good student.
With the original Monk-like blues number “Gross Blues,” saxophonist Dan Pratt’s new direction gets off to a splendid start.
Brian Groder has another go at it with his supercharged trio on ‘R Train on the D Line,’ creating the logical sequel to 2014’s ‘Reflexology.’
Maybe it’s time for people other than Roscoe Mitchell to pay more attention to this wildly creative drummer by the name of Kikanju Baku.
‘Live In Seattle’ is something like a Matthew Shipp solo piano performance extended to lower timbres because the pianist Shipp and bassist Bisio are of such a singular mind.
The busy, affable Marco Marconi, fresh off the release of his terrific trio recording ‘Nordik,’ paused briefly for a Something Else! Sitdown with Sammy Stein.
Mat Walerian places much trust in his good instincts on ‘Jungle,’ even as he does show he knows much about the tenants music and even in the presence of more established masters.
The Yellowjackets’ superb musicianship along with insightful composing and arrangements make ‘Cohearence’ maintain this group’s reputation as one of the foremost fusion groups operating. Since 1981.
Mixing originals and choice covers, the Marco Marconi Trio’s ‘Nordik’ takes you to several different places – and at several different speeds.