Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Something Else! sneak peek: Paul McCartney – Kisses on the Bottom (2012)

Before the Beatles, before he put on that first Little Richard record and saw a whole new world open up before him, Paul McCartney listened to this kind of music.

Jack DeJohnette – Sound Travels (2012)

Jack DeJohnette, the ferociously talented rhythmnist, opens and closes this project at the piano, all alone. There’s a quiet grace about it that belies everything we’ve come in expecting from, you know, a jazz drummer’s record.

New Music Monday: Jumping jazz from Jack DeJohnette and Wadada Leo Smith

Here’s a run down — with a few of our thoughts — on some notable music projects, both new and reissue, slated for release for the week of Jan. 16, 2012.

Remembering Michael Brecker, five years later

Hard to wrap my mind around the fact that as of yesterday, Michael Brecker has been dead for five years, now.

Motian Sickness – For The Love Of Sarah (2011)

Less than two months ago the great jazz drummer, composer and bandleader Paul Motian passed away at eighty years old, in what was arguably the most substantial loss in the jazz world of 2011.

Something Else! sneak peek: Gregory Porter, "When Did You Learn?" (2012)

It’s tough to achieve stardom as a singer, harder still as a jazz singer, and especially as a male jazz singer. Which makes the rapid rise of Gregory Porter all the more remarkable.

Half Notes: Jamie Ousley – A Sea of Voices (2012)

In many ways, it’s all come together for Jamie Ousley on A Sea of Voices, issued January 10 on Tie Records. The Miami-based double bassist had already developed an affinity for performing jazz concerts in churches, a tradition Ousley was introduced to during a stint playing with Ira Sullivan. Then, he decided to make a water-themed recording as a benefitRead More

Gimme Five: Underrated examples of when jazz guys got funky

A look at five jazz albums with grooves in the pocket — even if they weren’t much in the press.

Wadada Leo Smith's Mbira – Dark Lady Of The Sonnets (2012)

Trumpeter, composer and bandleader Wadada Leo Smith, who celebrated his 70th birthday just last month, is as productive as he’s ever been, and I’m getting nearly exhausted just keeping up covering all his new releases.

Kenny Werner – Lawn Chair Society (2007)

When I think of the the overlap of jazz and funk, ensembles that come to mind are Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, On The Corner-era Miles, and even some of the smoother offerings out of the CTI label.