Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Kevin Eubanks – Zen Food (2010)

Kevin Eubanks – Zen Food (2010)

Photo: Raj Naik by Pico Millions of people know him as an affable, guitar-wielding long-time bandleader of the most popular late night show in television history. Now that Kevin Eubanks has left his eighteen year stint as Jay Leno’s  musician sidekick on The Tonight Show, it’s time to become acquainted with the Kevin Eubanks that’s been around for nearly twiceRead More

Half Notes: Stephen Haynes – Parrhesia (2010)

Half Notes: Stephen Haynes – Parrhesia (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron After all the whack jazz winners I’ve heard from Engine Studios, I’ve come to expect nothing but excellence whenever I pop in a CD from that label for the first time, and I’ve yet to be disappointed. Label head and producer Steven Walcott signs up creative, free thinking musicians new or old, overlooked or established, putsRead More

Half Notes: Jeff King – Catalyst (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron “Catalyst” is not just the name of the album, it’s also the name of the band sax/flute player King leads, and this is their debut album. This band which features King, Luis Deniz (saxes), David Braid (piano and keyboards), Rich Brown (bass), Joel Haynes (drums), have Juno Award (Canadian Grammies) and National Jazz Award winners amongstRead More

Half Notes: The Ray Anderson-Marty Ehrlich Quartet – Hear You Say: Live In Willisau (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Even on an ode to a fallen friend (“Portrait Of Leroy Jenkins”) and the chromatic ballad (“My Wish”) they pour on the intensity, but get downright giddy on harder tunes like “Hot Crab Pot,” a song that boils over with as much intensity as the title suggests. “Alligatory Rhumba” is a delightful Cuban party song builtRead More

From The Stacks: Pico's 2010 Stacks, Volume 6

From The Stacks: Pico's 2010 Stacks, Volume 6

by S. Victor Aaron Here we are at Volume 6, and while there’s still a few dozen CD’s that are worthy of mention sitting on my shelves or lying somewhere on the floor, this is likely going to be the last installment of “Pico’s 2010 Stacks.” A post-Thanksgiving version covering a few major 2010 jazz releases that we’ve missed hereRead More

Half Notes: Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble – Celebrations (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron So often in recent years we’ve heard jazz played in a traditional Jewish style, aka “Klezmer” jazz. Arranger/composer and keyboardist Eugene Marlow puts this idea in reverse: taking traditional Jewish songs and playing them in mainstream, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and even contemporary jazz styles. The second Heritage Ensemble CD (the first one came out in 2006) isRead More

Half Notes: Ken Thomson And Slow/Fast – It Would Be Easier If (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Like Jason Stein, Gutbucket co-founder Ken Thomson is a bass clarinetist — he’s an alto saxophonist, too — and both like to play along the margins of jazz, but Thomson’s conception of music freely spills over into other styles as well. His latest project, Ken Thomson And the Slow/Fast, is a quintet with him and RussRead More

Half Notes: Holly Hofmann and Bill Cunliffe – Three's Company (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Although she’s made bop-oriented records for over twenty years, Holly Hoffmann is not as well known as she probably should be. A flautist of the first order, she’s the logical heir to Frank Wess’ legacy. Bill Cunliffe is accomplished in the jazz world himself, having won the Monk piano competition in 1989, recorded with some heavyRead More

Half Notes: Mario Romano Quartet – Valentino (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Here’s the setup: a successful real estate tycoon suddenly decides to revisit his original passion, music, and pulls in three of Canada’s most prestigious jazz musicians and a top-notch producer to make his first record, one full of done-to-death standards. And you’re thinking, this is probably going to be a very competent but very boring, vanityRead More

Half Notes: The Britton Brothers Band – Uncertain Living (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Bands led by horn players tend to work well if there’s a lot of rapport between the horn players. That’s not an issue for The Britton Brothers Band, whose trumpet player (John) and saxophonist (Ben) have the same parents. For this debut, these young cats built a band of other young up and comers, like BrooklynRead More