Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

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

Half Notes: Salo – Sundial Lotus (2010)

This debut release by the modern rock-jazz ensemble Salo is a showcase for the compositions of its bass player Ben Gallina. The rest of the band includes Alex Hamlin (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone), Ed Rosenberg (tenor saxophone), Josh Rutner (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet), Red Wierenga (piano, keyboards), Alex Wyatt (drums, percussion) and the electric guitarist from that shred jazz outfitRead More

James Moody (1925-2010): An Appreciation

James Moody (1925-2010): An Appreciation

Jazz saxophone and flute giant James Moody has been around seemingly forever and never slowed down, but yesterday pancreatic cancer finally ended a long and distinguished career at the age of 85. He was a key member of Dizzy Gillespie bands going back to the 1940s (Diz once remarked, “Playing with James Moody is like playing with a continuation ofRead More

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