Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Something Else! Featured Artist: David Sanborn

by Something Else Reviews Often situated in a pillowy cloud of opaque neo-funk, saxophonist David Sanborn’s talents are understandably obscured. The arrangements on his records, like much of the smooth-jazz movement that he still perhaps wrongly personifies, can just be so … agreeable. Yet Sanborn remains unique in his ability to creatively emote in almost any context, no matter howRead More

Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord – Quavers! Quavers! Quavers! Quavers! (2011)

Yet another product from Moppa Elliot’s Hot Cup Records, which already says a lot about a record that shares the same label as Bryan And The Haggards, Puttin’ On The Ritz, and Mostly Other People Do The Killing. But we were already saying things — nice things — about Lundbom’s record, Accomplish Jazz (2009). For Quavers!, Lundbom has the sameRead More

The Friday Morning Listen: Peter Scherr – Son of August (2010)

by Mark Saleski Jazz fans have always been sort of coy with the word ‘fusion.’ We like to make jokes about it, even applying a nickname of sorts — The F-Word — because we’d hate to admit that we’re ever serious about the genre. Yeah, fusion seems to get the Playboy “I just read it for the articles” treatment. ThisRead More

Various Artists – Disney Jazz Volume 1: Everybody Wants To Be A Cat (2011)

  by S. Victor Aaron For a lot of us, our first exposure to jazz was those Charlie Brown TV specials featuring the piano trio music of Vince Guaraldi. Then again, some Disney films like 101 Dalmations, Lady And The Tramp and especially The Aristocats contained jazz or jazz-y tunes. In any case, songs first introduced in Disney films fromRead More

Mort Weiss – Raising The Bar (2010)

Imagine a musician who was totally immersed in his craft. Imagine that person setting down his instrument for 45 years. All of those decades away (and I’m sure Mort is tired of hearing about this story), all of that bad living. A reasonable person might think that attempts at a return to music-making would result in either a sad, watered-downRead More

Brad Mehldau – Largo (2002)

by Tom Johnson There are some albums that successfully work as a soundtrack of sorts, that, while they don’t jump out at you the way Matthew Shipp‘s Nu Bop did, they work their way into your subconscious without simply becoming aural wallpaper, “lite jazz.” Some music is intelligent enough to simply be beautiful without being mindless, and Largo is certainlyRead More

Joe Morello (1928-2011): An Appreciation

by S. Victor Aaron Even early on, from the time I first began to explore jazz, I sensed there was something different about the Dave Brebeck Quartet’s drummer, Joe Morello. When I began to spin my Dad’s scratchy old Brubeck records, I’ll never forget hearing weird time signatures for the first time — sometimes with more than one occuring simultaneously —Read More

Ernest Dawkins' New Horizon Ensemble – The Prairie Prophet (2011)

Photo by John Broughton by S. Victor Aaron Like William Parker, Anthony Braxton and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Ernest Dawkins is an avant garde jazz guy who doesn’t give a damn if the music he plays is dissonant or tuneful, it’s all about if it sounds right, period. By extension, the saxophonist’s New Horizons Ensemble is that way, too: since 1978, theyRead More

Bobby Selvaggio – Grass Roots Movement (2011)

Photo from www.BobbySelvaggio.com by S. Victor Aaron For a serious post-bop performer to take a leap into Grooveland, it can often be a risky bet. Will they be able to keep their artistic integrity? Will they even care? A couple of years ago, alto saxophonist Bobby Selvaggio made his second album (his first for the Arabesque Recordings label), leading aRead More

After Midnight – Live at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee (2011)

After Midnight – Live at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee (2011)

Photo from After Midnight’s gigsalad.com web page by Nick DeRiso Clarinetist Roger Campbell has turned an enduring passion for swing legend Benny Goodman into a sizzling six-piece jazz project called After Midnight. It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that a new live effort finds him slithering his way through “Memories of You,” legendarily performed by Rosemary Clooney with Goodman in theRead More