Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Jerry Granelli Trio – Let Go (2011)

Everytime I’ve examined a Jerry Granelli record, like Song I Thought I Heard Buddy Sing or News From The Street, I’ve marveled at how a guy who drummed for all those Charlie Brown children’s TV specials with Vince Guaraldi ended up being such a creative risktaker as a leader.

Harrison Bankhead – Morning Sun Harvest Moon (2011)

As far as I can tell, Chicago bassist Harrison Bankhead doesn’t have a publicist or a website, and he hasn’t hauled a large band around Europe playing Curtis Mayfield songs. He does, however, have a record out at long last.

Gimme Five: Lenny White on "Vulcan Worlds," "Bitches Brew," "Sofistifunk," others

On this special edition of Something Else! Reviews’ One Track Mind, we hand the reins over to Lenny White, drummer with fusion-rock pioneers Return to Forever.

Half Notes: Nicholas Urie Large Ensemble – Excerpts From An Online Dating Service (2009)

by Mark Saleski On Nicholas Urie’s MySpace page, we’re informed that “This isn’t your grandma’s big band!” No kidding. With lyrics taken from actual online dating service recordings, the thematic content would make grandma raise those eyebrows. I was hooked upon hearing “Bad Girl?,” which starts off with a kind of standard dating service introduction: “I am a forty-two yearRead More

Half Notes: Ernie Krivda – Blues for Pekar (2011)

Tenor man Ernie Krivda pays tribute to a fellow Cleveland resident, the late writer (American Splendor) and jazz critic Harvey Pekar in this lickety-split throwback bebop recording, out today on CD and DVD formats through Capri Records. Krivda only stops to take a breath during the lastingly beautiful “Darn that Dream,” by Jimmy Van Heusen. That’s the exception that provesRead More

Vicious World – Plays the Music of Rufus Wainwright (2011)

Originally named for a Rufus Wainwright song, it was perhaps inevitable that Vicious World would eventually devote an entire album to this underrated contemporary singer-songwriter. That doesn’t make the prospect any less daunting

Eric Hofbauer and the Infrared Band – Level (2011)

Boston-based guitarist Eric Hofbauer penned the liner notes to his new album out today, Level, beginning it with the testimony that “the music on Level … explores the human condition using sound to tell stories

Gerald Wilson Orchestra – Legacy (2011)

Gerald Wilson Orchestra – Legacy (2011)

There are memories both sweeping and touchingly personal to be found here.

Burning Gums – Burning Gums (2011)

A stylistic tour de force, this self-titled trio effort manages to take in many of jazz music’s most notable influences, even tosses in a dash of Pacific island flavor, but it never falls into the rote imitative traps of so many of today’s more traditionalist recordings.

Last Exit – Koln (1986)

I do believe that there just might be a major error in the Guinness Book of World Records. They’re claiming that the loudest animal sound is made by the blue whale. Hmmmm … not that I want to be a know-it-all or anything but I’m fairly certain that the loudest animal noise ever made was by tenor sax player PeterRead More