Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Half Notes: Alex Lopez – We Can Take This Boat (2011)

The sweeping, cinematic quality of Alex Lopez’s new We Can Take This Boat makes perfect sense, really. After all, the saxophonist/composer’s debut, due on Nov. 22, follows earlier work on a series of independent films in New York City. An all-original effort, Lopez makes good on a series of named influences that include both John Coltrane and Bruce Lee, offeringRead More

Half Notes: Machine Mass Trio – As Real As Thinking (2011)

Machine Mass Trio has constructed a mesmerizing, moving carpet of boisterous sax, knifing guitars and boiling rhythms on the electronics-laden As Real As Thinking. There is always, always something happening here, as MMT skitters with determined focus between the melodic, the moody and (to great effect) the outside. Much of the album feels organic, as if the songs were developedRead More

Anthony Wilson – Seasons: Live At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art (2011) CD/DVD

This album is credited to Anthony Wilson and rightfully so, as this master guitarist/composer/arranger wrote the four-part “Seasons” suite and led a quartet of virtuosic plectrists to perform it before a live audience.

Will Martina – The Dam Levels (2011)

Erik Friedlander and Tom Cora are two legends of jazz cello, true pioneers and standouts as there are so few cellists with such an improvisational jazz bent and fewer still who regularly have gone for the jugular as those two.

Neil Cowley Trio – Radio Silence (2011)

As the poignant, expressive piano voice behind both of Adele’s albums, Neil Cowley has a sound that seems immediately familiar. Yet he doesn’t simply rely on that famous association to push along Radio Silence.

Guilty pleasures: Barry Manilow – 2:00 A.M. Paradise Cafe (1984)

A friend of mine, who I just recently turned on to the pleasures of the LP (he’s hooked for sure now), picked up a copy of 2:00 A.M. Paradise Cafe at the Goodwill store. He might have paid a buck for it.

Le Boeuf Brothers – In Praise Of Shadows (2011)

The Le Boeuf Brothers, like many of the younger jazz musicians today, crave bashing up jazz of their formal training with the Bjork, Radiohead and Sufjan Stevens of their iPod playlists. And as I’ve come to realize, this often has great results. But these identical twins, Romy (reeds) and Pascal (piano, keyboards and occasional vocals) are determined to do evenRead More

Half Notes: Paul Motian Quintet – Jack Of Clubs (1985)

A huge find. Drummer Motian employed two saxes (Joe Lovano, Jim Pepper), bassist Ed Schuller and Bill Frisell (before he was really Bill Frisell, if ya know what I mean). OK, that’s not quite right about Frisell. He does use a volume pedal to get that attackless sound. But there’s no distortion and not much in the way of thoseRead More

Jake Saslow – Crosby Street (2011)

Born in Soho and raised mostly at Long Island, the sights, sounds and ways of the Big Apple were never foreign to tenor specialist Jake Saslow.

One Track Mind: Alex Brown, "Prologue" (2011)

Twenty-two year-old Alex Brown presented his debut album Pianist a couple of months ago with a big boost from his mentor of the last four years, Cuban-American sax giant Paquito D’Rivera. Sure enough, this record has the unmistakable flavor of Cuba