Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Jennifer A. Johnson – Midnight Blue (2012)

There are a lot of ways to fail at a jazz vocal album, in particular with the glut of such projects flooding the marketplace these days. The first, though, is to lack nerve.

Something Else! on the 2012 Grammys: Adele sweeps … so why didn’t we love 21 more?

We love Adele’s poise, her earthy attitude, the roiling emotion in her voice. So why don’t we love the newly crowned six-time Grammy winner’s album 21? Blasphemy, right?

Peter Appleyard and the Jazz Giants – The Lost 1974 Sessions (2012)

A vibraphonist very much in the tradition of Lionel Hampton, Peter Appleyard — who’d, fittingly, worked with Benny Goodman in the period that these recordings were made — has issued 21 albums as a leader. Unfortunately, many (maybe most) of them have long been out of print

Half Notes: Lorraine Feather – Tales of the Unusual (2012)

In a genre that’s rapidly becoming overwhelmed with vocalists reinterpreting the Great American Snoozebook (important in their time, but rapidly becoming threadbare old saws — if only because of their endless modern repetitions), Lorraine Feather (daughter of the legendary jazz critic Leonard Feather) is not kidding with this album title. Each and every song has new lyrics written by FeatherRead More

Matta Gawa – Tambora (2011)

In that alternate universe where indie rock is fringe music and post-hardcore improvised rock is mainstream, Matta Gawa is The Black Keys.

Marcus Roberts headlines Jazz at Lincoln Center event honoring Jelly Roll Morton

A two-day event in May called “The Music of Jelly Roll Morton” will feature Marcus Roberts performing favorites from the Morton legacy as part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center series in the Rose Theater.

Luis Perdomo – Universal Mind (2012)

About fifteen years ago I bought a CD by a jazz pianist I had just heard about that I absolutely dug. Jumpstart! by Michael Wolff (1995) combined a few choice not-overly familiar covers with some compelling, advanced originals

Paul McCartney to stream live set through iTunes on Thursday from Capitol Studios

Paul McCartney will stream a live concert featuring songs from his forthcoming release Kisses on the Bottom this Thursday from Capitol Studios.

Half Notes: Tord Gustavsen Quartet – The Well (2012)

ECM is a record label that is often stereotyped as offering only open, spacious, and sterile European—frequently Scandinavian—kind of chamber jazz and I’ve often come across so many exceptions, that characterization can’t even be considered the rule. But Tord Gustavsen’s music can be.

Josh Ginsburg – Zembla Variations (2012)

In a couple of days, bassist/composer/bandleader Josh Ginsburg will issue his first album, one he’s clearly ready for.