Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Half Notes: Ari Erev – About Time (2008)

by Mark Saleski No fireworks here, just some very heartfelt jazz trio music lead by Israeli pianist Ari Erev. With a mix of original compositions, Israeli songs, and selected standards (including a beautiful “Turn Out The Stars” as program closer), Erev succeeds in displaying his love of this music. ‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews,Read More

Marquis Hill – New Gospel (2011)

Taking in the first solo steps by a budding jazz talent is usually an excursion into a fresh new discovery. Most of time, these performances are polished and if there are originals, they can be surprisingly well developed

Lee Konitz, with Frank Wunsch – Insight (2011)

An interesting recording from a period in which Lee Konitz wasn’t always all that interesting.

Billy Bang Quintet featuring Frank Lowe – Above and Beyond (2007)

by Mark Saleski It can be a tough thing to witness an aging musician head toward (or past) the point of no return.

Branford Marsalis – Footsteps Of Our Fathers (2002)

by Mark Saleski You’ve gotta love what Branford Marsalis is all about. In today’s music industry, where creativity is mostly overlooked in favor of bottom-line issues, Branford made a break in advance of this album from his long-time record label

Half Notes: Abdullah Ibrahim and WDR Big Band Cologne – Bombella (2010)

by Mark Saleski I am shocked to say that this recording left me cold. Shocked because it’s got Abdullah Ibrahim on it! There certainly are some great moments, such as the solo piano opening track (“Green Kalahari”) and the sprightly “Mandela”; come on, the melody is played on the irresistible piccolo flute! They also generate a serious amount of heatRead More

Joey Calderazzo – Amanecer (2007)

by Mark Saleski The opening track of Joey Calderazzo‘s Amanecer, for once, gave the listener some insight into where the pianist was headed.

Sam Barsh – I Forgot What You Taught Me (2008)

by Mark Saleski This album had two strikes against it before I heard a single note: 1. the almost nude shot on the back cover, Barsh covering what mama gave him with a melodica and 2. keyboards.

One Track Mind: Curtis Fuller, "Sweetness" (2011)

Well-known from the first as a trombone player with a penchant for warm, vocalized blues phrasing, Curtis Fuller was always an underrated composer, as well

Freddie Hubbard – Pinnacle: Live and Unreleased (2011)

The late Freddie Hubbard, whose brilliant technique and warm tone were occasionally obscured by unfortunate settings, is perhaps to blame for his own dimmed star. Recordings like this make his case all over again.