Never mind the studio setting, the highly lyrical and entrancing beauty of Fred Hersch’s piano and his empathetic rhythm section makes this another winning outing for this trio.
Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Rock, Pop and Jazz): Simon Phillips, Kere Buchanan, Nathan East, Oz Noy, Judith Owen, Toto
Already, we’ve heard so much great stuff from the Toto family tree of music.
Something Else! Interview: Nels Cline Singers drummer Scott Amendola discusses his ambitious Fade To Orange project
Amendola is an affable, do-it-all drummer with a wicked backbeat.
More than an album, these archival 1987 recordings unfold like a conversation.
S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Modern and Mainstream Jazz): Steve Lehman, Jamie Saft, Matthew Shipp, Joe Beck
The future of jazz looks blindingly bright.
Ready or not, here comes 2013′s Monk International Competition saxophone winner Melissa Aldana. ‘Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio’ marks a solid first step in the post-Big Win phase of her young career.
It was a long stretch between Gene Segal’s first and second albums but ‘Mental Images’ assures that the intervening time was time was spent.
Michael Dease’s big band take on “Roppongi” breathes new life into this little-noticed Randy Brecker gem.
Wolfgang Muthspiel has just begun with ECM but ‘Driftwood’ has the style and sonority of an old vet with the label. This sounds like the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
Something Else! sneak peek: Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb and Everette Harp: “Serious Business” from Jazz Funk Soul (2014)
Three contemporary jazz titans have some good, clean fun with their renowned polish left intact.