Post Tagged with: "2010s"

John Ellis & Double-Wide – Puppet Mischief (2010)

John Ellis & Double-Wide – Puppet Mischief (2010)

by Pico A new John Ellis CD drops today, which is an occasion to shout an hallelujah or two. And that’s not just because Ellis serves his jazz with heaping spoonfuls of gospel, either. A couple of years ago, one of the of brightest, ascending sax stars today decided to do something that made him really stand out from theRead More

Steve Raegele – Last Century (2010)

Steve Raegele – Last Century (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron They say that writing about music is like dancing about architecture, and if that’s true, then writing about whack jazz can be more like swimming about psychiatry. Often, you can’t describe a melodic or rhythmic structure because there are none. Saying so-and-so sounds like some other so-and-so is sometimes futile; most of the time these guysRead More

Joe Bonamassa – Black Rock (2010)

A year ago, we drooled a little over a power blues record by an ascending star on the blues scene, Joe Bonamassa. Since then The Ballad Of John Henry rocketed to the #1 position on Billboard’s Blues Albums charts, #103 on its Top 200, #35 Rock chart and #1 Heatseekers, in addition to seeing other chart action. Last month thatRead More

Mark Egan – Truth Be Told (2010)

Mark Egan – Truth Be Told (2010)

by Nick DeRiso Perhaps best remembered in jazz circles for his melodic work on the fretless (notably as a member of the Pat Metheny Group from 1977-80), bassist Mark Egan’s earliest influences couldn’t have been more far afield. A former student of Jaco Pastorius at the University of Miami, Egan wanted to emulate Bernard Odum from the classic James BrownRead More

Tineke Postma – The Traveller (2010)

by Pico If I were to tell you that I’m going to discuss the sax playing skills of a certain Dutch lady, you might think I’m talking about Candy Dulfer. Not hardly. Tineke Postma (pronounced TEE-na-ka POST-ma), from Heerenveen, The Netherlands, is an alto and soprano saxophonist who has a much deeper commitment to the straight jazz, and while goingRead More

U.O. Project (Ulysses Owens, Jr.) – It's Time For U (2010)

U.O. Project (Ulysses Owens, Jr.) – It's Time For U (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Another record by a jazz drummer? Heck yeah! Ulysses Owens, Jr. isn’t just a young up-and-comer percussion specialist with a radiant smile. Behind the cheerful expression is a serious commitment to his craft. A graduate of the world renowned Julliard School, Owens has been touring with Christian McBride and recent Grammy winner Kurt Elling. Before that,Read More

Matt Slocum – Portraits (2010)

Matt Slocum – Portraits (2010)

When you read the liner notes to Matt Slocum’s new record Portraits, it’s full of effusive but knowledgeable praise from one of Slocum’s former instructors at the University of Southern California, where he earned a degree from the prestigious Thornton School of Music. That’s a pretty good reference, but it gains more credence because of two things: the laudatory remarksRead More

One Track Mind: Alex Hargreaves, "April Joy" (2010)

One Track Mind: Alex Hargreaves, "April Joy" (2010)

Photo by Maria Camillo by S. Victor Aaron Sometimes it takes a fantastic cover of a song to make you realize how good the original has always been. This One Track Mind is about one of those times. When I think of the eponymous Pat Metheny Group album from way back in 1978, the first songs that come to mindRead More

Torben Waldorff – American Rock Beauty (2010)

Torben Waldorff – American Rock Beauty (2010)

photo: Arne Reimer by S. Victor Aaron A couple of summers ago I was treated to the pleasing but discerning modern jazz found all over Torben Waldorff’s Afterburn. The great Dane guitarist/composer who resides in Sweden is a household name in our little ‘berg on the internet, and needs no intros on this site. But his issuance of a brandRead More

The Arcangels – Living In A Dream (2009, CD-DVD)

The Arcangels – Living In A Dream (2009, CD-DVD)

Since we’re on the topic of Austin-based acts, why not shift our focus to one of the most acclaimed and yet most elusive since the death of Stevie Ray Vaughan? I’m talking of course about the Arcangels. It would be impossible to discuss the Arcangels without a discussing their sometimes-volatile history, since Living In A Dream is about much aboutRead More

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