Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Le Boeuf Brothers – In Praise Of Shadows (2011)

The Le Boeuf Brothers, like many of the younger jazz musicians today, crave bashing up jazz of their formal training with the Bjork, Radiohead and Sufjan Stevens of their iPod playlists. And as I’ve come to realize, this often has great results. But these identical twins, Romy (reeds) and Pascal (piano, keyboards and occasional vocals) are determined to do evenRead More

Half Notes: Paul Motian Quintet – Jack Of Clubs (1985)

A huge find. Drummer Motian employed two saxes (Joe Lovano, Jim Pepper), bassist Ed Schuller and Bill Frisell (before he was really Bill Frisell, if ya know what I mean). OK, that’s not quite right about Frisell. He does use a volume pedal to get that attackless sound. But there’s no distortion and not much in the way of thoseRead More

Jake Saslow – Crosby Street (2011)

Born in Soho and raised mostly at Long Island, the sights, sounds and ways of the Big Apple were never foreign to tenor specialist Jake Saslow.

One Track Mind: Alex Brown, "Prologue" (2011)

Twenty-two year-old Alex Brown presented his debut album Pianist a couple of months ago with a big boost from his mentor of the last four years, Cuban-American sax giant Paquito D’Rivera. Sure enough, this record has the unmistakable flavor of Cuba

Half Notes: Cedar Walton – The Bouncer (2011)

There’s not a whole lot of jazz performers who first started out recording in the 50s and are still doing so today, but as I listen to Cedar Walton’s latest The Bouncer, I’m a lot more apt to think how vibrant he still sounds than how long the 77 year old legendary pianist and composer has been around. Like hisRead More

Half Notes: Sidony Box – Pink Paradise (2011)

That Sidony Box, a French trio, has chosen to explore jazz rock is anachronistically interesting enough. But they’re doing it without the musical GPS of a bass — something that allows guitarist Manuel Adnot, drummer Arthur Nancy and saxophonist Elie Dalibert to wander around these wide open spaces. What they find is a rugged landscape: Principal composer Adnot (he wroteRead More

One Track Mind: Christian McBride with Sting, "Consider Me Gone" (2011)

Christian McBride’s new duet with Sting, a smart and groove-filled take on 1985’s “Consider Me Gone,” shows again why the former Police frontman’s original synthesis of new wave and jazz seemed so interesting in the first place.

Pat Metheny – One Quiet Night (2003)

One night back in the late 1970s, me and my cousin Andy were playing a game of backgammon (cripes, that really was a long time ago … I remember there was a Styx Grand Illusion poster on the wall

Half Notes: Rob Garcia 4 – The Drop And The Ocean (2011)

When I listen to Rob Garcia’s new album The Drop And The Ocean, the same adjectives come to me as they did for his prior album, Perennial, which are “seductive,” “lyrical,” “well-conceived,” “well-designed,” and Garcia’s drumming being “sensitive” and “delicate.” What I’d probably could add to that is Garcia’s drumming is at times (like on “River”) like Elvin Jones withRead More

Sung Jo – Dream (2011)

Sung Jo leads a quartet on Dream that walks a fine line — pushing at the edges of the jazz envelope, yet still swinging like crazy. The result is an album that has both narrative logic and these splashes of new sounds.