Post Tagged with: "2010s"

Half Notes: Art Hirahara – Noble Path (2010)

Posi-Tone Records delivered a rare new album by NYC-based pianist Art Hirahara in 2010, called Noble Path. “Lyrical” is an adjective I’ve seen ascribed to Hirahara, and it’s one he lives up to on this trio date, his Posi-Tone debut. Though he hadn’t been very prolific leading sessions, Hirahara has been busy on the club circuit since arriving in NewRead More

Ken Fowser & Behn Gillece – Little Echo (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron It’s not unusual at all for the tenor sax and the vibraphone to appear on the same jazz record; we’ve heard these on countless jazz recordings. But by co-leading a record, saxophonist Ken Fowser and vibraphonist Behn Gillece gives us fairly rare opportunity to hear both instruments as the two lead voices sharing equal billing. LittleRead More

Terje Rypdal – Crime Scene (2010)

Terje Rypdal – Crime Scene (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron If you’re a big ECM Records fan like I am, then you’d probably even remember your first ECM record. For a lot of those types, this one is most likely their first ECM. For me, though, it was Terje’s Rypdal’s Waves, which I picked up just a few years after its 1978 release because I onceRead More

Jay D'Amico Trio – Nocturne: Jazz Under Glass (2010)

Jay D'Amico Trio – Nocturne: Jazz Under Glass (2010)

by Pico A couple of years ago, pianist Jay D’Amico put out a record that made a fine illustration of his ability to combine the classical stylings of Chopin with the suppleness and relaxed feel of a traditional jazz trio. Tuscan Prelude: Jazz Under Glass was a successful melding of the styles, which has been attempted more often in largerRead More

Harvie S – Cocolamus Bridge (2010)

Harvie S – Cocolamus Bridge (2010)

by Pico Acoustic bassist Harvie S has appeared on over 350 recordings for a very good reason. He has an unshakeable sense of swing, a flawless tone and otherworldly dexterity on his instrument. For a example of his amazing technique, just eyeball the video I embedded in a recent review of a Carol Morgan record. I can only shake myRead More

Quickies: New Release Roundup 2010, Vol. 7 (blues and roots edition)

Quickies: New Release Roundup 2010, Vol. 7 (blues and roots edition)

Trombone Shorty’s sudden emergence on the national music scene from the streets of Treme is one of the big music stories of 2010. by S. Victor Aaron Sometimes when listening to music, neither jazz nor mainstream is right for the moment. Blues or something folky or rootsy is usually called upon to fill in that gap. And there’s been aRead More

Kerry Politzer – Blue In Blue (2010)

Kerry Politzer – Blue In Blue (2010)

by Pico Last May 7, Piloo Records issued the 5th album by pianist, composer and vocalist Kerry Politzer, called Blue In Blue. Playing the piano since the age of four, Politzer studied classical piano for 14 years before falling under the spell of jazz, and she has committed herself to playing and composing in that idiom ever since. While workingRead More

Aruán Ortiz featuring Antione Roney – Alameda (2010)

Aruán Ortiz featuring Antione Roney – Alameda (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Wallace Roney’s live album that bowed last spring is a good record for several reasons, first and foremost because of the trumpet player’s dexterity on the brass horn. In our brief review of If Only For One Night, I didn’t have room to say much about the contributions of his band, but it should be notedRead More

Quickies: New Release Roundup 2010, Vol. 6 (fusion-only edition)

Quickies: New Release Roundup 2010, Vol. 6 (fusion-only edition)

Larry and Tak’s new record is taking Japan by storm; can it do the same in the U.S.? The five new albums below were chosen for a Quickies together mainly because they’re fusion-type records. Beyond that, they are also by artists who I’ve followed for a while or used to follow and I’m just interested to find out what they’veRead More

Manu Katché – Third Round (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron World class drummer Manu Katché continues to pursue a second musical career as a bandleader with his third ECM release (and fourth overall) on Third Round. His second ECM Playground was warmly greeted here when it first appeared three years ago, and his label debut was quite good, too, so we were eager to see ifRead More

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