Post Tagged with: "Drew Gress"

Luis Perdomo – Universal Mind (2012)

About fifteen years ago I bought a CD by a jazz pianist I had just heard about that I absolutely dug. Jumpstart! by Michael Wolff (1995) combined a few choice not-overly familiar covers with some compelling, advanced originals

Gerald Cleaver – Be It As I See It (2011)

Gerald Cleaver – Be It As I See It (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron Gerald Cleaver, along with Nasheet Waits, seems to always be the drummer on some really outstanding jazz records of late. Michael Formanek’s The Rub And Spare Change required virtuosic musicians playing at peak level to make it work, and Cleaver did his part and then some, helping to compel me to make this my Mainstream andRead More

Jason Robinson – The Two Faces Of Janus (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron I’ve always had a hard time distinguishing West Coast jazz from East Coast jazz by ear. I mean. I know it’s supposed to be a more smoothed-out “cooler” variant of the vigorous, sometimes jarring jazz that comes out of NYC and I know that guys like Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker and Bud Shank are closely associatedRead More

The Claudia Quintet + Gary Versace – Royal Toast (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron The Claudia Quintet is an ensemble that goes by its own set of rules. With its slightly weird combination of vibes, accordion, sax, double-bass and drums, and songs that don’t follow the script of how songs go (but avoids skronkery and dissonance), the five piece band is an anomaly of an anomaly. It all comes fromRead More

John Surman – Brewster's Rooster (2009)

photo: Haakon Harriss by Pico John Surman may not be a household name on these American shores, but it’s hard to think of a sax guy out of Britain who has been more prolific over the last 40 years than this one. His own discography is a wide sweep over post-bop, avant garde, fusion, chamber jazz. He has long displayedRead More

Drew Gress – The Irrational Numbers (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron The credits scream “Tim Berne music” but the music itself more suggests “George Russell” or “Carla Bley.” This is the initial impression I got from Drew Gress’ newest offering released last month, The Irrational Numbers. Modern jazz composer/bassist Drew Gress is one of those New York City “improvised music” cats that we’ve covered on this spaceRead More

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