Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Half Notes: Axel's Axiom – Uncommon Sense (2011)

The German-born, NYC-based, Berklee honors grad pianist Axel Schwintzer thrives on versatility, and the multi-national makeup of his band reflects that.

Pleased to Meet You!: Our Favorite Indie Acts from 2011

What better time of the year is there for a list like this? After all, discovering each one of these up-and-coming standouts was like finding a Christmas-morning surprise under the tree.

Half Notes: Dead Cat Bounce – Chance Episodes (2011)

Matt Steckler’s Dead Count Bounce is a band that within the parameters of traditional jazz seeks new musical directions

Guilty pleasures: Michael Bublé – Come Fly With Me (2004)

Diana Krall … Harry Connick Jr. … Josh Groban … Norah Jones … Michael Bublé. What to make of young, attractive musicians who seem rooted in the past?

On Second Thought: Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 – Fool On The Hill (1968)

Like a Wayback Machine, certain sights, sounds, smells and tastes transports us to certain times and places in our lives.

Movies: Jean Bach – A Great Day in Harlem (1994)

New York City circa 1958, for the jazz aficionado, was the place to be. Possibly no other artifact can confirm this statement with more clarity than photographer Art Kane’s landmark portrait A Great Day in Harlem.

Half Notes: Tyshawn Sorey – Oblique-I (2011)

Drummer and composer Tyshawn Sorey is said to one of up-and-comers whose due for an arrival. Gaining notice as a member of Steve Coleman’s Five Elements, Steve Lehman’s combo as well as Pete Robbins’ sILENT Z, Sorey’s also studied under Anthony Braxton and is currently studying under George Lewis. But he’s not waiting to finish his studies to make hisRead More

Ellis Marsalis – A New Orleans Christmas Carol (2011)

An expanded version of a 2002 Yuletide project, A New Orleans Christmas Carol impressively expands the original collaboration with Marsalis’ son Jason (on drums and vibes), bassist Bill Huntington and vocalist Cynthia Liggins Thomas.

Ferit Odman – Autumn In New York (2011)

There’s something at once familiar, and entirely brand new, about Turkish drummer Ferit Odman’s just-released Autumn In New York. Taking his cue from jazz drumming and bandleading legend Art Blakey, Odman investigates a series of tunes associated with the Blakey band, and even includes former members of the Jazz Messengers collective.

Half Notes: Danny Fox Trio – The One Constant (2011)

Growing up in Manhattan down the street from famed bassist Bob Crnashaw gave pianist Danny Fox a rich education in jazz that the great music conservatories in the Northeast just can’t quite match. But Fox’s deep interest in classical music shaped his conception of jazz as well and both of those backgrounds come to the fore in his trio’s debut’sRead More