Jazz

Bobby Kapp – El Guero Azul (2013)

A New Jersey native living in Mexico, Bobby Kapp brings a sense of humor and fun to older classics and new originals that begins with the album’s title – “blue white boy” in Spanish.

Michel Gentile, Daniel Kelly, Rob Garcia – Works (2013)

Flautist Michel Gentile, pianist Daniel Kelly and drummer Rob Garcia have all distinguished themselves as leaders of their own jazz combos and as composers, but they joined forces for a trio

Something Else! Interview: JD Allen, Exploring the Symbolism in Grace

Something Else! Interview: JD Allen, Exploring the Symbolism in Grace

In this final segment of a three-part SER Sitdown with JD Allen, David Greenberg explores the saxophonist’s terrific new release, the dying concept of expressing emotion in song, and Allen’s need to keep progressing

Frank Wess – Magic 101 (2013)

Though somewhat less distinctive in his moment than Frank Foster, reedman Frank Wess has outlived his late long-time partner in the Count Basie Band — and that’s provided an opportunity to reassess his contributions, in particular on the flute.

Aerophonic Records Two-fer: The Rempis Percussion Quartet – Phalanx; and Wheelhouse – Boss of the Plains (2013)

Earlier this year Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis launched his own record label Aerophonic to serve as the main home for his various projects and the first two of these recordings are hittin’ the streets

Something Else! Interview: JD Allen, Fightin’ to the Edge of the Grave

We continue today with the second installment of David Greenberg’s three-part talk with JD Allen, as the saxophonist discusses developing confidence as a young player, participating in the good fight, and how music influences us

Book of Three (Taylor Ho Bynum, John Hébert, Gerald Cleaver) – Continuum [2012] (2013)

Book of Three (Taylor Ho Bynum, John Hébert, Gerald Cleaver) – Continuum [2012] (2013)

Given the stature within improvised music circles of Taylor Ho Bynum (trumpet), John Hébert (bass) and Gerald Cleaver (drums), any new release by these guys should be greeted with great interest

Boney James – The Beat (2013)

Tune in to any contemporary jazz station, and the name “Boney James” will be mentioned in the course of five minutes, guaranteed. He first became an in-demand session musician during the late 1980s, released his debut solo album in 1992

Something Else! Interview: JD Allen, Preaching the Word through Music

JD Allen is emerging as one of the most innovative saxophonists of our time. His music, through a masterful use of melody reveals a personal story and an inner quest.

‘I’m a musician who plays music': Please don’t call Cream’s Ginger Baker a rock drummer

‘I’m a musician who plays music': Please don’t call Cream’s Ginger Baker a rock drummer

Named ninth-best on Rolling Stone magazine’s drummers poll, and part of the magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists list as a member Cream too boot, Ginger Baker curtly dismisses the idea.