Jazz

You’re doing it wrong: Why do so many jazz educators teach us to think first — and listen second?

You’re doing it wrong: Why do so many jazz educators teach us to think first — and listen second?

It’s why many musicians today lack their own unique and innovative sound.

One Track Mind: Davide Tammaro, “Jungle” (2013)

Sell Music online at ReverbNation.com Bursting out with a terse little curlicue of a groove, Davide Tammaro’s “Jungle” combines the sharp intellect of progressive rock into a muscular jazz cadence. It’s a soundscape that perfectly mirrors his subject, the always-bustling New York City.

Stefano Battaglia Trio – Songways (2013)

Before he mined the rich tonal terrain afforded by improvisation, Milan’s Stefano Battaglia gained international notice as a classical pianist, building his reputation through the European festival circuit.

Keith Jarrett – Hymns, Spheres (1976, 2013 reissue)

Keith Jarrett – Hymns, Spheres (1976, 2013 reissue)

Keith Jarrett famously declared he was leaving behind contemporary electric music not long after leaving Miles Davis’ touring band in 1972 but that self-imposed restriction didn’t stop him from making some of the most unique, creative, and yes, even modern records by a jazz musician during the 70s.

Hiromi – Move (2013)

What do you get when you cross the discriminating refinement of a piano jazz trio with the ferocious impact of a power trio? You get Hiromi’s latest, dangerous little combo.

Amanda Brecker – Blossom (2013)

Even during the height of her early-1970s singer-songwriter successes, when the radio was shag-carpeted with Carole King songs, I never could get past the idea that another singer would have done better by those lyrics.

One Track Mind: Jussi Reijonen, “Naima” (2013)

John Coltrane’s “Naima” is very likely his most covered song, and for good reason. The term “tone poem” gets tossed around a lot in the vicinity of any pretty, graceful melody, but this composition is the epitome of that term, and the beauty of it is evident in every cover I’ve heard.

Next Collective – Cover Art (2013)

One of the striking features of the current crop of jazz stars poised to dominate the scene is how so plugged in they are with their contemporaries on the rock, RnB and hip-hip side of music.

Ehud Asherie, with Harry Allen – Lower East Side (2013)

As like-minded practitioners of traditional jazz, pianist Ehud Asherie and tenor saxman Harry Allen have gotten together to play duets in NYC’s famed jazz clubs such as Small’s.

David Weiss & Point of Departure – Venture Inward (2013)

David Weiss & Point of Departure – Venture Inward (2013)

Sometimes, a good thing is worth repeating. In 2010, Weiss released Sunk In, a souvenir from a club date in NYC two years earlier (additional tracks from that gig were issued the following year as Snuck Out).