Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Half Notes: Peter Scherr – Son Of August (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron Scherr is an American jazz bassist who resides in Hong Kong and spends his time trying to foster creative music within China. A few years ago, he got the urge to fulfill a longtime goal of making music with saxophonist Michael Blake, and he wanted to make sure it was going to be done right. So,Read More

Robert Hurst – Unrehurst, Volume 2 (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron Robert Hurst is a guy I remember being Wynton Marsalis’ bassist in the late 1980s, before performing in the same capacity for Branford’s Tonight Show band. From there, I don’t recall much. But that’s on me because in reality, Hurst has kept very busy: he’s served as a sideman for everyone from Lou Rawls to Keb’Read More

Half Notes: Shawn Costantino – Waltz For Anne (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron Listening to Shawn Costantino’s Waltz For Anne, you’re reminded of Stanley Turrentine or Gene Ammons. Also, he takes on a few standards, but only one of them (“The Touch of your Lips”) is a jazz one. The other two are taken from The Beatles (“Can’t Buy Me Love”) and James Taylor (“Don’t Let Me Be LonelyRead More

Sam Trapchak's Put Together Funny – Lollipopocalypse (2010)

Sam Trapchak's Put Together Funny – Lollipopocalypse (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Growing up in the Detroit area, Sam Trapchak’s dad played electric bass, and like most musically interested young boys in America, Sam wanted to play guitar. But his father persuaded him to take up bass instead with a piece of irrefutable logic: Everyone always needs a bass player. From there, young Sam was on his way,Read More

Half Notes: Roxy Coss – Roxy Coss (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron Women continue to move into areas of jazz long dominated by men, and in a big way. Even since I made a big to-do about this trend a couple of summers ago, the parade of girls muscling their way into the boys’ club continues on stronger than ever. The latest to tear down that barrier isRead More

Half Notes: Plunge – Tin Fish Tango (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron NOLA-based Plunge is back again to follow up on their stripped down trombone-based brand of funky jazz found on Dancing On Thin Ice, Tin Fish Tango. Once again, ‘bone player Mark McGrain leads a small ensemble with bassist James Singleton of Astral Project, a sax player (either Tim Green or Tom Fitzpatrick) and occasionally, sousaphone playerRead More

Half Notes: Luther Hughes and the Cannonball-Coltrane Band – Things Are Getting Better (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron Bassist Luther Hughes leads a tenor sax/alto sax quintet in its forth recording paying tribute to the spirit of Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane. Specifically, The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago album recorded with Miles Davis’ band sans Miles himself just six months before they all reconvened to tape this little landmark record called Kind OfRead More

Big Sam's Funky Nation – King of the Party (2010)

Big Sam's Funky Nation – King of the Party (2010)

Photograph by Andy Goetz By Nick DeRiso Big Sam’s Funky Nation, all brass and sass, opens its latest CD with a floor-rattling invitation to shake every thing you’ve got. For all of its musical prowess, that remains the one and only goal of this fun-loving, funky-butt recording by New Orleans-based trombone-playing bandleader Sammie Williams, formerly of the Dirty Dozen BrassRead More

Gerald Cleaver – Be It As I See It (2011)

Gerald Cleaver – Be It As I See It (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron Gerald Cleaver, along with Nasheet Waits, seems to always be the drummer on some really outstanding jazz records of late. Michael Formanek’s The Rub And Spare Change required virtuosic musicians playing at peak level to make it work, and Cleaver did his part and then some, helping to compel me to make this my Mainstream andRead More

Nathaniel Smith – Nathaniel Smith Quartet (2010)

Nathaniel Smith – Nathaniel Smith Quartet (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Missoula, Montana’s own Nathaniel Smith has had a career as a jazz drummer and composer that took him from a mountain valley in the Rockies eastward to Appleton, Wisconsin’s Lawrence University (where Smith got to perform with the visiting Dave Holland and Maria Schneider), briefly west to San Francisco to study with percussionist Michael Spiro, andRead More