Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Half Notes: Evan Cobb – Falling Up (2011)

Evan Cobb’s sleekly confident Falling Up, set for release on Nov. 29, punches a gaping hole in the old saw about educators. You know the one that goes: “Those who can, do; those who can not, teach.” That’s perhaps best heard on “Eastern Bell Feel,” a hip update of the standard “Cherokee,” as this Nashville, Tenn.-based musician and educator leadsRead More

Craig Taborn – Junk Magic (2004)

With Junk Magic, Craig Taborn issued another slab of envelope-pushing jazz — carrying on with the forward-looking theme of the Blue Series.

Pat Martino – Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery (2006)

Here are a couple of stories. One is amazing and funny. The other is just amazing.

Ramsey Lewis, jazz legend: Something Else! Interview

Ramsey Lewis, jazz legend: Something Else! Interview

Ramsey Lewis discusses his signature hit “The ‘In’ Crowd,” and a breakthrough collaborative moment with Earth Wind and Fire.

Dave Douglas – Three Views: Greenleaf Portable Series, Vols. 1-3 (2011)

Dave Douglas is widely regarded as being elite among jazz trumpeters these days not just because of a polished technique, but a restlessness that drives him to try something new at least every couple of years

Paul Motian (1931-2011): An Appreciation

Drummer Paul Motian, who first came to prominence in the late 1950s with pianist Bill Evans’ pioneering trio, has died. A representative from ECM Records confirms he passed at 4:52 a.m. in New York City. A cause of death has not been disclosed. He was 80.

Matt Baker – Underground (2011)

If pianist and composer Matt Baker’s new recording has the tempo and feel of a jet-set traveler, there’s a reason for that: Baker, an Australian native, has kept busy since moving to New York City in mid 2010

One Track Mind: Jason Stein Quartet, "Work" (2011)

One of the more distinctive and convincing points made by Ted Gioia in his definitive chronicle of jazz, The History of Jazz (1997, rev. 2011, Oxford University Press) is about the under-credited impact pianist Lennie Tristano made

Yotam, with Roy Hargrove, Claudio Roditi and Paquito D'Rivera – Brasil (2011)

A lesser talent than Israeli guitarist-composer Yotam might have gotten lost in this project.

Half Notes: Mörglbl – Grötesk (2007)

Don’t even bother: it doesn’t mean anything. It’s just a weird band name they use because it sounds funny. And that, in itself, should tell you something about this band: They’re French and they have this kind of sense of humor. Add in the fact that guitarist Christophe Godin plays like the lovechild of a bizarre mating of Mike Keneally,Read More