Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Pete Robbins – siLENT Z Live (2010)

Pete Robbins – siLENT Z Live (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Jazz that’s hard to categorize is usually the kind of jazz that’s also hard to describe adequately with words but also the kind of jazz I prefer. And if it swings and grooves, so much the better. Alto sax player Pete Robbins’ music has all those qualities and then some. We delighted in the unpredictable, nearlyRead More

Bizingas – Bizingas (2010)

Bizingas – Bizingas (2010)

by Mark Saleski See, I just knew I was going to like this album. About twenty seconds into the first listen and the whole “Is it jazz?/Is it rock?/What the hell is it?” issue popped up — almost always a recipe for a good time. Heck, I knew even before that because their name is so much fun to say.Read More

Half Notes: Gary Husband – Dirty and Beautiful, Vol. 1 (2010)

As an in-demand drummer and keyboard player, Gary Husband has gotten to play for some pretty heady names in both rock and fusion: John McLaughlin, Jeff Beck, Allan Holdsworth, Mike Stern, Robin Trower, Billy Cobham, Gary Moore, Level 42 and Andy Summers have all called on his services at one time or another. For Dirty and Beautiful Volume 1, manyRead More

Chandler Travis Philharmonic – Chandler Travis Philharmonic Blows! (2010)

Chandler Travis Philharmonic – Chandler Travis Philharmonic Blows! (2010)

by Mark Saleski When I was a little kid, we used to take vacations out on Cape Cod. Back then there was a target ship anchored out in the bay, the SS James Longstreet. There was something both creepy and majestic about that ship. Of course, the boy in me wanted to walk out there at low tide. Me &Read More

Half Notes: Chicago Underground Duo – Boca Negra (2010)

As delectable as Stars Have Shapes by the Exploding Star Orchestra has been, I still can’t forget Rob Mazurek’s other 2010 project, Boca Negra, performed by only him and percussionist, vibrist and mbira player Chad Taylor. Together, they make up the Chicago Underground Duo, which you can think of as a microscopic version of the Exploding Star Orchestra. This isRead More

Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green – Apex (2010)

Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green – Apex (2010)

Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times by Pico Maybe it hasn’t been talked about that much, but in spite of all the advances in the mastery the instrument led by Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, the development and evolution of the jazz saxophone didn’t end with those guys. Many of the sax players play a modern style that’s more intricatelyRead More

Half Notes: Lionel Loueke – Mwaliko (2010)

Like Bill Frisell, Loueke is one of those instantly recognizable guitarists. But when I hear Loueke, I think of Bobby McFerrin before I think of any other guitar player. His ability to cover the treble, bass and midrange simultaneously perfectly throughout some densely syncopated rhythms is breathtaking like when McFerrin does that with his voice. Moreover, Loueke has grafted theRead More

Half Notes: Bill Frisell – Beautiful Dreamers (2010)

Back in the late 80s-early 90s, Frisell had a cellist by the name of Hank Roberts in his band. The combination and contrapuntal flow between the two helped define Frisell’s sound at the time, and he’s periodically returned to a light helping of strings throughout his career after that era. One of the string specialists he first turned to forRead More

Jason Robinson – The Two Faces Of Janus (2010)

Jason Robinson – The Two Faces Of Janus (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron I’ve always had a hard time distinguishing West Coast jazz from East Coast jazz by ear. I mean. I know it’s supposed to be a more smoothed-out “cooler” variant of the vigorous, sometimes jarring jazz that comes out of NYC and I know that guys like Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker and Bud Shank are closely associatedRead More

Buena Vista Social Club – At Carnegie Hall (2008)

Buena Vista Social Club – At Carnegie Hall (2008)

by Nick DeRiso There is an uncommon nostalgia associated with this concert recording, and not just because of the lost history shared amongst these aging former Cuban stars. Alas, Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall wasn’t released until after many of the original group had already passed. Yet, it still plays like a kinetic burst of light, with theseRead More