Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Darren Johnston's Gone To Chicago – The Big Lift (2011)

As I write this, the power fails at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park just prior to kickoff of the Niners/Steelers Monday night football game. But as I am also listening to Frisco-based trumpeter Darren Johnston, I’m hearing lights-out music.

2011 Year In Review: Remembering Notable Deaths in Music

Here’s a look back in tribute to some of the notable figures in music who died in 2011, broken down by the month in which they passed.

Nick DeRiso’s Top Albums for 2011: Jazz Rock and Fusion Jazz

There are records that are frankly too loud to be jazz, and swing too much to be rock. This is the slot for those things — a place where you’ll find everyone from Tony Levin and Derek Sherinian from Black Country Communion to Nels Cline and Bill Frisell.

Move over, Rolling Stone!: Here are Mark Saleski’s Top 10 Guitarists

After reading Rolling Stone magazine’s list of Top 100 guitarists, I felt the need to chime in.

Harry Connick Jr. Trio – Music from 'The Happy Elf' (2011)

This plays like Vince Guaraldi for a new generation, as Harry Connick Jr. performs an all-original, Christmas-themed set that recalls the spirit of the season without falling into the cliches that often follow better known Yuletide classics.

S. Victor Aaron's Top Albums for 2011, Part 4 of 4: Whack Jazz

For the uninitiated here, “whack jazz” is a term of endearment. It’s jazz that is endearing to me because it’s brave, daring and breaks all the rules about what jazz is supposed to be

Frank Sinatra, Sept. 30, 1994: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Frank Sinatra would have been 97 last Monday. His mystery still lingers with me, as does the memory of a concert — one of Sinatra’s last — when he recaptured all of that complexity.

Half Notes: Ben Perowsky – Camp Songs (2003)

Even though I have been burned many times in the past, I still tend to take chances on projects on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. I tend to steer away from his pure-noise exploration, as I simply don’t have the appreciation for it that I wish I did, but I have, more often than not, found great joy in the musicRead More

The Friday Morning Listen: Mark Saleski's Top Albums for 2011

Here’s the way it usually works. The end of the year draws closer, and all of the music publications and websites release their “best of” lists. This is almost always followed by various rants about how the lists are “too safe,” “predictable,” or “pretentious.”

Geri Allen – A Child Is Born (2011)

Whereas Geri Allen’s solo piano debut for Motema, 2010’s Flying Toward the Sound, focused on musical inspirations Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and Cecil Taylor, the follow up travels in more personal circles.