Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Half Notes: Plunge – Tin Fish Tango (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron NOLA-based Plunge is back again to follow up on their stripped down trombone-based brand of funky jazz found on Dancing On Thin Ice, Tin Fish Tango. Once again, ‘bone player Mark McGrain leads a small ensemble with bassist James Singleton of Astral Project, a sax player (either Tim Green or Tom Fitzpatrick) and occasionally, sousaphone playerRead More

Half Notes: Luther Hughes and the Cannonball-Coltrane Band – Things Are Getting Better (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron Bassist Luther Hughes leads a tenor sax/alto sax quintet in its forth recording paying tribute to the spirit of Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane. Specifically, The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago album recorded with Miles Davis’ band sans Miles himself just six months before they all reconvened to tape this little landmark record called Kind OfRead More

Big Sam's Funky Nation – King of the Party (2010)

Big Sam's Funky Nation – King of the Party (2010)

Photograph by Andy Goetz By Nick DeRiso Big Sam’s Funky Nation, all brass and sass, opens its latest CD with a floor-rattling invitation to shake every thing you’ve got. For all of its musical prowess, that remains the one and only goal of this fun-loving, funky-butt recording by New Orleans-based trombone-playing bandleader Sammie Williams, formerly of the Dirty Dozen BrassRead More

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

Nathaniel Smith – Nathaniel Smith Quartet (2010)

Nathaniel Smith – Nathaniel Smith Quartet (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Missoula, Montana’s own Nathaniel Smith has had a career as a jazz drummer and composer that took him from a mountain valley in the Rockies eastward to Appleton, Wisconsin’s Lawrence University (where Smith got to perform with the visiting Dave Holland and Maria Schneider), briefly west to San Francisco to study with percussionist Michael Spiro, andRead More

Noah Preminger – Before The Rain (2011)

Noah Preminger – Before The Rain (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron In 2008, then-21 year old tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger issued his debut CD Dry Bridge Road, one that made much of an impression. Fresh out of the New England Conservatory, Dry Bridge Road racked up recognition from publications like Jazztimes, Jazz Review and the Village Voice, where it won the Jazz Critics’ Poll Best Debut OfRead More

Jane Ira Bloom – Wingwalker (2011)

Jane Ira Bloom – Wingwalker (2011)

photo: Tom Lau S. Victor Aaron In preparing to assess Jane Ira Bloom’s brand new CD Wingwalker, I pulled out the prior one, the excellent Mental Weather from 2008. The striking comparison between the two became obvious before I even pulled the CD from the sleeve; I quickly noticed that both of the CD covers featured Bloom performing in motion,Read More

Shauli Einav – Opus One (2011)

Shauli Einav – Opus One (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron The steady stream of highly talented young jazz musicians continue to flow from Israel to New York. We’ve gone from Avishai Cohen to, uh, Avishai Cohen and everyone in between, like Amos Hoffman and Oz Noy. Earlier this week, we officially welcomed another Israeli musician into the fold as leading recording artists with the first widelyRead More

Ferit Odman – Nommo (2010)

Ferit Odman – Nommo (2010)

by Nick DeRiso Drummers, even the rare ones who find fame, are enablers. They spend the bulk of their time refocusing the spotlight on others. It’s no different on Nommo, the sterling new quartet release by Turkish-born Ferit Odman. He assembled a thoughtful group of notables for sessions held in Brooklyn, N.Y., and then smartly allowed each of them toRead More

Jake Fryer/Bud Shank Quintet – In Good Company (2011)

Jake Fryer/Bud Shank Quintet – In Good Company (2011)

photo: Gordon Sapsed by S. Victor Aaron Just before kickoff for the Fiesta Bowl played the other day between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Connecticut Huskies, the sad story was told about the starting UConn cornerback who was senselessly stabbed to death during the prior football season. The night before his murder, Jasper Howard and his teammates celebrated a bigRead More