Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Mike DiRubbo – Chronos (2011)

Mike DiRubbo – Chronos (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron The beginning of the year is usually a quiet period for music releases. Coming on the heels of the frantic holiday shopping season and the various “best of (prior) year lists” that assist in yuletide purchasing decisions, you’d think there wouldn’t be anything worthwhile coming out between mid-December and, say, March. But one of my favoriteRead More

David Cook – Pathway (2010)

David Cook – Pathway (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron David Cook is a recent addition to the burgeoning young talent that’s filling up the roster at Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, and like his new labelmates, this pianist comes to BJU Records with an abundance of experience. Already, he’s worked with Lizz Wright, Donny McCaslin, Dennis Chambers, John Ellis, Matt Wilson and even big-time pop starsRead More

All killer, no filler: Something Else's most-read stories of 2010

All killer, no filler: Something Else's most-read stories of 2010

by Something Else Reviews Writing can feel akin to tossing a flat rock across the surface of a shimmering river. You never know how far it will go, or just how wide those concentric circles left behind might eventually spread. Sometimes, the thing just sinks. Like, well, a rock. But other times, these entries take on a life of theirRead More

One Track Mind: Nancy Wilson, "What Are You Doing New Year's?" (1963)

One Track Mind: Nancy Wilson, "What Are You Doing New Year's?" (1963)

by Nick DeRiso A lot of singers have sung this one, from Nat “King” Cole and Johnny Mathis to Diana Krall and the Orioles, the post-war R&B vocal quartet. For me, though, Nancy Wilson’s has always been the definitive reading. She nails the sense of hopeful anxiety that surrounds Dec. 31 every year, even while continuing to display a hushedRead More

One Track Mind: Kellylee Evans, "I Loves You Porgy" (2010)

One Track Mind: Kellylee Evans, "I Loves You Porgy" (2010)

by Nick DeRiso Taking on Nina Simone, a singer of dusky persuasiveness, might be foolhardy enough. Remaking this song, a Top 20 pop hit off Simone’s celebrated 1958 debut Little Girl Blue seemed like the worst idea of all. But Canadian singer Kellylee Evans finds a new light, even if it’s only a small sliver, within this dark tale fromRead More

Miles Davis with Gil Evans – Miles Ahead (1957)

Miles Davis with Gil Evans – Miles Ahead (1957)

by Nick DeRiso Miles Ahead was initially billed by Columbia Records, in the flatly obvious tone of the day, as “Miles Davis plus 19, with Gil Evans.” Right. Still, it was that last guy, the 20th man, who was the important one. After a burst of creativity in the late 1940s — the clearest result being the very cool butRead More

The Best of 2010, Part 4: Mainstream And Modern Jazz

The Best of 2010, Part 4: Mainstream And Modern Jazz

Many relative newcomers like Sarah Wilson have brought a breath of fresh air to jazz this year. by Pico When scanning the landscape of jazz records from 2010, one thing is clear: there’s an awful lot of very skilled and talented jazz musicians out there today, and I would argue that there are more of those than at any otherRead More

Mitch Seidman, with Claire Arenius and Jamie MacDonald – Triangulation (2010)

Mitch Seidman, with Claire Arenius and Jamie MacDonald – Triangulation (2010)

by Nick DeRiso On Triangulation, Boston-based guitarist Mitch Seidman has complete command of both the bebop R&B fission and the gentlemanly poise of early idol Kenny Burrell. That means tunes of lyrical strength and technical skill, linked by this remarkable ability to blend seamlessly with his fellow musicians across a varied soundscape. For all its congeniality, though, Triangulation is markedRead More

Eddie Gomez and Cesarius Alvim – Forever (2010)

Eddie Gomez and Cesarius Alvim – Forever (2010)

by Pico As much of a transformational figure as he was, Scott LaFaro wasn’t the only brilliant bassist who had played in Bill Evans’ trio; Eddie Gomez held that esteemed seat for longer than anybody, from 1966 to 1977. Like LaFaro, Gomez was virtually an equal harmonically as the legendary pianist, and shared Evans’ passion for rich melodicism, a passionRead More

Half Notes: Gene Pritsker – Varieties Of Religious Experience Suite (2010)

Gene Pritsker is a guitarist and bandleader whose written over 370 compositions, has worked closely with the late Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies. His band Sound Liberation plays an amalgamation of rock, jazz, chamber, minimalism and hip-hop. Varieties Of Religious Experience Suite is a series of related compositions — as in an opera — but instead ofRead More