Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Movies: Stan Kenton – Artistry in Rhythm: Portrait of a Jazz Legend (2011)

Stan Kenton would have been 100 this year and, in many ways, he’s as misunderstood now as he was in his own time.

The Friday Morning Listen: Pat Metheny – A Map of the World (1999)

Author Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections, Freedom) was feeling sort of burned out and overexposed after spending several months book touring, with his personal history a constant subject. His solution was to travel to a remote island

Two for Tain!: Jeff "Tain" Watts – Family and Laura Kahle – Circular (2011)

It’s been a couple of years since we last heard from pre-eminent jazz rhythmist Jeff “Tain” Watts, when his star-studded engagement Watts was introduced.

Mort Weiss – Meets Bill Cunliffe (2011)

Clarinetist Mort Weiss, who turns 76 years young tomorrow, is ten years into a remarkable comeback after laying off working as a musician for four — that’s right — four decades.

Shane Endsley and the Music Band – Then The Other (2011)

Shane Endsley might not be a familiar name to you, but the Grammy-nominated funk-rock-jazz group he cofounded Kneebody might be. Even if it isn’t, this trumpeter who’d gigged with Charlie Hunter, Ben Allison and Chris Speed became more noticeable with the debut of his own Music Band. Then The Other was supposed to be a vehicle for Endsley’s simpler melodiesRead More

Carla Bley and Her Remarkable Big Band – Appearing Nightly (2008)

by Mark Saleski There are two things that can be counted on when cracking open a new Carla Bley Big Band record: 1. many, many interesting and twisty passages of musical architecture and 2. volume. Oh yes, the horn section is enormous

Forgotten series: Kenny Garrett – Standard Of Language (2003)

Interplay. Whether I’m taking in straight ahead, bebop-style jazz or more out-there stuff, it’s all about listening

Billy Bang (1947-2011): An Appreciation

The jazz world suffered a significant loss Monday with the passing of violinist Billy Bang. Reportedly afflicted with lung cancer, Bang, born William Vincent Walker, was 63 years old. Given his stage name from friends as a youth, a name taken from a cartoon character, Bang’s life was anything but comical. He studied violin as a boy but didn’t fitRead More

Exploding Star Orchestra – We Are All From Somewhere Else (2007)

by Tom Johnson Tortoise alum Rob Mazurek had a big concept behind this project. As we all know, sometimes big concepts pay off, sometimes they simply lead to big letdowns.

Jared Gold – All Wrapped Up (2011)

As I type this review, I’m listening to not necessarily All Wrapped Up, the new record by organist Jared Gold, but also Unity by Larry Young. I know, it doesn’t make sense, since it’s Gold’s record being reviewed here, not Young’s. But something struck me about All Wrapped Up when I listened to it the last time: Gold’s artistic developmentRead More