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Gimme Five: The Pat Metheny Trio

by Mark Saleski Many artists, when asked to pick a favorite from their own discography, will lean toward their most recent release. Sure, I can see that. You work on new material, it’s fresh and exiting, and right there in the front of your mind. I’ve wondered what Pat Metheny’s response would be

One Track Mind: John Coltrane, "Like Sonny" (1961)

One Track Mind: John Coltrane, "Like Sonny" (1961)

by Nick DeRiso “Like Sonny,” reportedly based on an element of a Sonny Rollins solo — perhaps during “My Old Flame,” from Kenny Dorham’s 1957 Jazz Contrasts record? — illustrates the remarkable attention to detail that still makes John Coltrane’s music not just interesting but important. He wasn’t a stylist, or someone attempting to mimic someone else. Coltrane was tryingRead More

Hiroe Sekine – A-mé (2010)

Hiroe Sekine – A-mé (2010)

by Pico Even as a small child growing up in Japan, jazz pianist Hiroe Sekine loved to pick out melodies she heard, such as the Japanese folk tunes emanating from her Mom’s pedal organ. Today represents a culmination of that life long passion with the release of her debut album A-mé, which means “rain” in Japanese. Sekine chose to presentRead More

Milt Jackson – The Prophet Speaks (1994)

NICK DERISO: The second LP by vibesman Milt Jackson on Quincy Jones’ Qwest label made his late-career reemergence complete. Where the earlier “Reverence and Compassion” featured small-group offerings coupled with lush, orchestral pieces, “The Prophet Speaks” — issued just five years before Jackson’s passing — was far bluesier and much more substantial. Jackson kept the working group in place, includingRead More

Joshua Redman – Wish (1993)

by Nick DeRiso To me, Redman is one of the more impressive young tenor players in recent memory. His first record, a 1993 self-titled release, was a wonder.