Jazz

Steve Gadd – 70 Strong (2015)

Steve Gadd – 70 Strong (2015)

Here is a review of the Steve Gadd Band’s ’70 Strong’ – which, just as the title states, shows Gadd going as strong as ever at age 70.

Davey Payne, Terry Day, Neil Charles + others, May 13, 2015: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Davey Payne, Terry Day, Neil Charles + others, May 13, 2015: Shows I’ll Never Forget

New musical combinations can offer incredibly special moments. As Davey Payne, Terry Day and others performed, I realized: This was such an evening.

John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet – Brooklyn (2015)

John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet – Brooklyn (2015)

Here is a review of John Patitucci’s guitar-dominant quartet’s debut, ‘Brooklyn,’ a freshly cast reconnect back to the bass extraordinaire’s roots.

Wes Montgomery – In the Beginning (2015)

Wes Montgomery – In the Beginning (2015)

The magic, and the mystery, of ‘In the Beginning’ is in hearing a frisky young Wes Montgomery start his journey toward greatness.

Charlie Hunter Trio, “Those People” from Let The Bells Ring On (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Charlie Hunter Trio, “Those People” from Let The Bells Ring On (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Here is an advance listen from the Charlie Hunter Trio’s upcoming ‘Let The Bells Ring On’ album, the tough Memphis groove of “Those People.”

Andy Galore + Mike Stern, Oz Noy, others – Out and About (2015)

Andy Galore + Mike Stern, Oz Noy, others – Out and About (2015)

Andy Galore’s ‘Out and About’ works on many levels, from its strong compositions to its production and playing.

Colin Webster, jazz saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

Colin Webster, jazz saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

Sammy Stein sits down with saxophonist Colin Webster to discuss those unlikely situations where you find the greatest musical connections.

Deadly Orgone Radiation – Power Trips (2015)

Deadly Orgone Radiation – Power Trips (2015)

Deadly Orgone Radiation shows what happens when musicians come together who listen, cooperate and interact on a level unattainable for many.

Les McCann – Invitation to Openness (1972; 2015 reissue)

Les McCann – Invitation to Openness (1972; 2015 reissue)

Les McCann’s free-form soul-jazz experiment ‘Invitation to Openness’ is the sound of someone loosing himself from the bonds of expectation.

The Uppercut: Matthew Shipp Mat Walerian Duo – Live at Okuden (2015)

The Uppercut: Matthew Shipp Mat Walerian Duo – Live at Okuden (2015)

As a vehicle for this promising woodwinds talent from Poland Mat Walerian, his encounter with Matthew Shipp on ‘Live at Okuden’ makes good on that promise.