Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Gimme Five: Jimmy Cobb on Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, others

On this special edition of Something Else! Reviews’ One Track Mind, we hand the reins over to Jimmy Cobb, the primarily self-taught drummer who rose to prominence in jazz during a five-year stint with Miles Davis

Half Notes: The Tierney Sutton Band – American Road (2011)

The Tierney Sutton Band learned something about themselves, and about this land, during their many travels for performances. These ruminations, actually begun before the group’s 2009 project Desire, have finally coalesced within the timeless and refined American Road — a slow-cured reconstruction of a dozen venerable favorites on the BFM label, performed as jazz and folk vocal pieces with aRead More

Something Else! Interview: Jazz legend Jimmy Cobb

Jimmy Cobb, the lone survivor of legendary jazz dates featuring Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dinah Washington, Wes Montgomery and others, continues to furiously drum — even while carrying the torch.

Cinque, featuring Joey DeFrancesco and Steve Gadd – Catch a Corner (2011)

The trio of respected Canadian sidemen who complete the Cinque band, though nowhere near as famous as Joey DeFrancesco and Steve Gadd, end up providing the structure and verve for this celebration of good-time soul jazz.

David Paul Mesler – Just a Lucky So and So (2011)

Many a jazz singer has stumbled through the Great American Songbook, slowed by imitative missteps or the inability to keep pace with a swinging quartet surrounding him. David Paul Mesler is not that singer.

Ben Goldberg Quintet – The Door, The Hat, The Chair, The Fact (2006)

by Mark Saleski Too bad that the clarinet was the instrument guys were embarrassed to be stuck with in band.

Shows I'll Never Forget: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Nov. 18, 2003

At the Marquee Theater in Tempe, Arizona: We finished dinner a little before six and headed over to the Marquee theater, which was really only a few minutes away.

Rudresh Mahanthappa – Samdhi (2011)

Despite his heritage, American alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa didn’t start out as a practitioner of a unique blend of American jazz and traditional Indian music, he started with the jazz style of the America he grew up in and worked his way back to the music of his forbears’ native India.

Frank Kohl Quartet – Coast to Coast (2011)

Frank Kohl approaches the guitar with an exuberant curiosity, but also a well-crafted ability — skittering from influence to influence without ever stumbling. He sounds like he’s having a ball, too. That’s led to an album called Coast to Coast that boasts a savvy veteran player’s satisfying structural logic, but also its share of humor and fun.

Half Notes: Kevin Crabb – Waltz for Dylan (2011)

There are couple of ways that Kevin Crabb’s all-original Waltz for Dylan could have gone wrong. Rangy saxophonist Kelly Jefferson and, in particular, pianist John Beasley (Miles Davis) might have completely overtaken this project, dedicated to the drummer’s son. Or, they might have become lost in the distracting bashing of a rhythm guy who mixed his own parts too farRead More