Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Sean Nowell – Stockholm Swingin' (2011)

A blossoming career that started in Birmingham, Alabama recently had a stop all the way over in Stockholm, Sweden. For tenor saxophonist Sean Nowell’s third album (all of which are on Posi-Tone Records, by the way),

Half Notes: Mike Prigodich – A Stitch in Time (2011)

By day, Mike Prigodich works at a software company, though as a kid he dreamt of becoming a professional jazz musician. It might have ended right there, but for a bout with cancer that began in November 2008. Inspired by the post-diagnosis successes of Lance Armstrong, with whom he shared an oncologist, Prigodich began a second life in music. HeRead More

Asylum Street Spankers – Mercurial (2004)

by Tom Johnson Spinning up Mercurial was like jumping in a time machine set for somewhere around 60-75 years ago. The Asylum Street Spankers bravely blazed their own trail far outside of mainstream music, offering pre-Charlie Parker swing jazz and jump-blues that once kept the flappers cavorting across dancefloors all night long.

Half Notes: Ari Erev – About Time (2008)

by Mark Saleski No fireworks here, just some very heartfelt jazz trio music lead by Israeli pianist Ari Erev. With a mix of original compositions, Israeli songs, and selected standards (including a beautiful “Turn Out The Stars” as program closer), Erev succeeds in displaying his love of this music. ‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews,Read More

Marquis Hill – New Gospel (2011)

Taking in the first solo steps by a budding jazz talent is usually an excursion into a fresh new discovery. Most of time, these performances are polished and if there are originals, they can be surprisingly well developed

Lee Konitz, with Frank Wunsch – Insight (2011)

An interesting recording from a period in which Lee Konitz wasn’t always all that interesting.

Billy Bang Quintet featuring Frank Lowe – Above and Beyond (2007)

by Mark Saleski It can be a tough thing to witness an aging musician head toward (or past) the point of no return.

Branford Marsalis – Footsteps Of Our Fathers (2002)

by Mark Saleski You’ve gotta love what Branford Marsalis is all about. In today’s music industry, where creativity is mostly overlooked in favor of bottom-line issues, Branford made a break in advance of this album from his long-time record label

Half Notes: Abdullah Ibrahim and WDR Big Band Cologne – Bombella (2010)

by Mark Saleski I am shocked to say that this recording left me cold. Shocked because it’s got Abdullah Ibrahim on it! There certainly are some great moments, such as the solo piano opening track (“Green Kalahari”) and the sprightly “Mandela”; come on, the melody is played on the irresistible piccolo flute! They also generate a serious amount of heatRead More

Joey Calderazzo – Amanecer (2007)

by Mark Saleski The opening track of Joey Calderazzo‘s Amanecer, for once, gave the listener some insight into where the pianist was headed.