Post Tagged with: "2010s"

Pat Metheny – Orchestrion (2010)

Pat Metheny – Orchestrion (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron I’ve been following Pat Metheny’s career since the late seventies but it’s only occurred to me very gradually what a major, important force in music he really is. Note I said “music” and not “jazz,” because his breadth and depth of the understanding of music of nearly every form, and the degree to which he canRead More

Harry Allen Two-Fer! New York State of Mind and Ehud Asherie's Modern Life

Harry Allen Two-Fer! New York State of Mind and Ehud Asherie's Modern Life

by S. Victor Aaron Not long ago we lauded the old school approach of saxophonist Eric Alexander, but even Alexander sounds rather leading edge compared to another tenorman just two years his senior, Harry Allen. The son of a big band drummer, Allen was exposed to jazz literally from the time he was born. After graduating from Rutgers with aRead More

Jeremy Pelt – Men Of Honor (2010)

Jeremy Pelt – Men Of Honor (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Did Columbia Records just pull a forgotten Miles Davis Second Great Quintet record out of the vault and dropped it unsuspectingly on the public? Because when I listen to Jeremy Pelt’s new CD Men Of Honor (released January 26), it often feels like a set of songs that can comfortably rest alongside tracks from E.S.P., MilesRead More

Ralph Bowen – Due Reverence (2010)

Ralph Bowen – Due Reverence (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron The master tenor sax player Ralph Bowen has been around for quite a while, releasing his first album back in 1992. But plum sideman opportunities and a teaching gig at Rutgers has kept him plenty busy; it only been the last three or so years that his own solo recording has picked up the pace, despiteRead More

Sam Newsome – Blue Soliloquy (2010)

Sam Newsome – Blue Soliloquy (2010)

Sam Newsome, who first came into wider notice as a tenor-playing member of the Terence Blanchard Quintet in the early 1990s, takes the soprano to places both familiar and new on “Blue Soliloquy.” Subtitled “Solo works for the soprano saxophone,” it’s Newsome’s tone-poem love letter to what makes his new instrument such a freeing experience. No longer having to “carryRead More

Salvatore Bonafede Trio – Sicilian Opening (2010)

Salvatore Bonafede Trio – Sicilian Opening (2010)

by Pico When you look at what the pianist from Palermo, Sicily has already accomplished, any new release by Salvatore Bonafede should be a highly anticipated one. A Berklee grad, Bonafede has played with Jerry Bergonzi, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Tim Berne, John Abercrombie, Lester Bowie, Tom Harrell, Dave Douglas and fellow Italian Enrico Rava. He’s led records that hasRead More

George Winston – Love Will Come: The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2 (2010)

George Winston – Love Will Come: The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2 (2010)

by Nick DeRiso For years, I thought of Vince Guaraldi’s work — particularly, on the first 16 Peanuts specials between 1965-76 — as something akin to comfort food. I didn’t recall it as being all that challenging. His themes, in my memory, were always lushly lyrical, even impressionistic (“Love Will Come,” “Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” “Rain, Rain GoRead More

It's A Johnny Butler Two-Fer! Solo and Fracture (by Scurvy)

It's A Johnny Butler Two-Fer! Solo and Fracture (by Scurvy)

by S. Victor Aaron The other day for the first time I heard a song by a certain female vocalist who had just won a Grammy (or maybe 6 or 7 Grammies, for all I know). The only thing I really remember about the song is that her voice was obviously auto-tuned. I thought how odd it was for someoneRead More

Peter Van Huffel – Like The Rusted Key (2010)

Photo: Juan-Carlos Hernandez by S. Victor Aaron In my humble opinion, it’s not the improvised (aka “whack”) jazz that seems toughest to compose and render, nor is it the more mellifluous but intricate modern jazz. Rather, it’s the the kind of jazz that successfully combines both approaches. To me, it’s a marvel how a few talented and visionary musicians canRead More

One Track Mind: Mike LeDonne – "Rock With You" (2010)

One Track Mind: Mike LeDonne – "Rock With You" (2010)

photo: Dan Codazziby Pico This isn’t the first time we’ve featured the Rod Temperton tune made into a 1979 hit by Michael Jackson. But it bears another look, as interpreted by a completely different artist. Pianist and organist Mike LeDonne, a long established fixture in New York’s jazz arena, worked for Roy Eldridge, Milt Jackson and Benny Golson. He evenRead More

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