Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

One Track Mind: Christian McBride with Sting, "Consider Me Gone" (2011)

Christian McBride’s new duet with Sting, a smart and groove-filled take on 1985’s “Consider Me Gone,” shows again why the former Police frontman’s original synthesis of new wave and jazz seemed so interesting in the first place.

Pat Metheny – One Quiet Night (2003)

One night back in the late 1970s, me and my cousin Andy were playing a game of backgammon (cripes, that really was a long time ago … I remember there was a Styx Grand Illusion poster on the wall

Half Notes: Rob Garcia 4 – The Drop And The Ocean (2011)

When I listen to Rob Garcia’s new album The Drop And The Ocean, the same adjectives come to me as they did for his prior album, Perennial, which are “seductive,” “lyrical,” “well-conceived,” “well-designed,” and Garcia’s drumming being “sensitive” and “delicate.” What I’d probably could add to that is Garcia’s drumming is at times (like on “River”) like Elvin Jones withRead More

Sung Jo – Dream (2011)

Sung Jo leads a quartet on Dream that walks a fine line — pushing at the edges of the jazz envelope, yet still swinging like crazy. The result is an album that has both narrative logic and these splashes of new sounds.

Greg Ward – Greg Ward's Phonic Juggernaut (2011)

About a year ago saxophonist Greg Ward was leading a quartet that was preparing to do a recording session for a jazz radio station when the pianist was unable to make it.

Rez Abbasi's Invocation — Suno Suno (2011)

There’s a trance-like euphoria surrounding this emotional, at times indescribably spiritual endeavor. Rez Abbasi, leading a group that also includes Rudresh Mahanthappa and Vijay Iyer, found inspiration for Suno Suno from Pakistani Qawwali, a devotional Sufi music

Half Notes: Pablo Aslan – Piazzolla in Brooklyn (2011)

You hear about musicians being moved to a new tribute by dusty old masterpieces, about timeless moments on vinyl that crackle and pop to life as reborn honorifics. Then there’s the jazz tango disaster Take Me Dancing, a 1959 recording by Astor Piazzola that is so irredeemably bad that it has spurred the Grammy-nominated Pablo Aslan to action. (Piazzolla himselfRead More

The Curtis Brothers – Completion of Proof (2011)

The virile, confrontational jazz of the 1960s is reborn on the Curtis Brothers’ Completeion of Proof. Siblings Luques and Zaccai Curtis perform in the brash, muscular style of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, even as they confront thorny moral issues

Best of October 2011: Reader picks include Transatlantic, the Original 7ven, Jon Anderson, Nils Lofgren

Here’s a look back at the Top 10 stories from last month on, based on page views from our readers.

Enrico Rava – Tribe (2011)

On his last outing, trumpet master Enrico Rava was in a New York state of mind. This time, for Tribe, his head, heart—and most notably—his entire band is firmly back in his native Italy.