Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Karen Mantler – Business Is Bad (2014)

Karen Mantler – Business Is Bad (2014)

As a collection of children’s songs for grown-ups, ‘Business Is Bad’ would be terribly silly if it wasn’t so damned inconspicuously clever. Thankfully, it *is* clever, and marks the return of Karen Mantler after nearly a decade and a half off without skipping a beat.

Ada Rovatti  – Disguise (2014)

Ada Rovatti – Disguise (2014)

The tunes are solid and so are the arrangements, but there’s no disguising good playing and ‘Disguise’ has all of those things out in the clear open. A welcome return to form for Ada Rovatti.

Eric Wyatt – Borough of Kings (2014)

Eric Wyatt – Borough of Kings (2014)

Eric Wyatt makes good on his enviable Brooklyn upbringing by evoking the masters he’s met as a child while finding his own voice to do it.’Borough of Kings’ is pure, Brooklyn-bred jazz at its finest.

One Track Mind: Nick Hempton, “Catch and Release” (2014)

One Track Mind: Nick Hempton, “Catch and Release” (2014)

Write, record and release a new jazz tune every six weeks for a year? Nick Hempton could be onto something good.

Dave Douglas + Uri Caine – Present Joys (2014)

Dave Douglas + Uri Caine – Present Joys (2014)

A private, warmhearted meeting of minds – and we were allowed to listen in.

Kali Z. Fasteau – Piano Rapture (2014)

Kali Z. Fasteau – Piano Rapture (2014)

Kali Z. Fasteau’s spontaneous composition theory might be forty years old, but it’s quite alive and well in practice today, no matter what she choose to play in carrying it out. On piano, it’s a downright rapturous.

Charlie Haden (1937-2014): An Appreciation

Charlie Haden (1937-2014): An Appreciation

Much more than a jazz musician, Haden was a virtuoso of all American music.

Exclusive stream: Elizabeth Shepherd, “What’s Happening” from Signal (2014)

Exclusive stream: Elizabeth Shepherd, “What’s Happening” from Signal (2014)

She will change your perceptions of what a “jazz vocalist” in this day and age means.

Something Else! Interview: Jazz guitarist John Russell

Something Else! Interview: Jazz guitarist John Russell

“I’m not too much of a fan,” the free-form legend admits, “of the ‘jazz’ label.”

Fred Hersch Trio – Floating (2014)

Fred Hersch Trio – Floating (2014)

Never mind the studio setting, the highly lyrical and entrancing beauty of Fred Hersch’s piano and his empathetic rhythm section makes this another winning outing for this trio.