Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

John McNeil/Bill McHenry – Chill Morn He Climb Jenny (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron John McNeil is a trumpet player, a veteran of the illustrious Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and has led recording dates since 1978. Bill McHenry is a sax player, has played with Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, Henry Grimes and Norah Jones, and has led recording dates since 1998. A few years ago the two cross-generational players haveRead More

Half Notes: Chris Graham Trio – After-Birth Of Cool (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron My current rotation has Crystal Silence by Gary Burton and Chick Corea, as well as After-Birth Of Cool by the Chris Graham Trio. When I play the two records concurrently or near concurrently, I pick up the same ambiance from the latter as I do from the former, and it goes beyond the fact that thereRead More

Half Notes: Wadada Leo Smith/Ed Blackwell – The Blue Mountain’s Sun Drummer (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron From the first, lonely wails notes from Wadada Leo Smith’s trumpet on the propulsive “Uprising,” it becomes crystal clear that this is no ordinary session. Smith and classic-period Ornette Coleman drummer Ed Blackwell had a longstanding friendship, and when the two lived near each other in Connecticut, they joined forces for a single performance at BradeisRead More

Cassandra Wilson – Silver Pony (2010)

Cassandra Wilson – Silver Pony (2010)

by Nick DeRiso Cassandra Wilson, who consistently defies convention as this restless chanteuse, doesn’t disappoint with Silver Pony — issued today on Blue Note as the long-awaited part-in studio, part-live followup to her celebrated Loverly. She has the vocal phrasing, the dusky intellect, of Charlie Parker and the elastic intuition of Betty Carter. Yet, Wilson is no throwback. She writesRead More

Half Notes: Adam Schroeder – A Handful Of Stars (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Schroeder is part of an emerging and exciting new crop of tradition-minded jazz talents like Michael Dease, Graham Dechter and Hailey Niswanger. As a baritone saxophonist, though, Schroeder is keeping alive a flame that’s been flickering probably since Gerry Mulligan’s death in 1996. Schroeder’s debut A Handful Of Stars does a nice job keeping Mulligan’s spiritRead More

A Posi-Tone twofer: Tarbaby and Ehud Asherie (2010)

A Posi-Tone twofer: Tarbaby and Ehud Asherie (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron What a stellar year it’s been for Posi-Tone Records. They’ve generated record after record of honest-to-goodness mainstream jazz done with taste, style, with exceptional sidemen and flawless production. After reviewing zero releases prior to 2010, we’ve now given our impressions on a dozen releases, eleven of them 2010 releases. However, Posi-Tone isn’t done yet, and recentlyRead More

Todd Clouser – Todd Clouser's A Love Electric (2010)

Todd Clouser – Todd Clouser's A Love Electric (2010)

by Pico Fusion guitarist and Berklee grad Todd Clouser splits his residency between the frigid climes of Minneapolis, MN and the balmy, seaside vistas of Los Cabos, Mexico at the tip of the Baja California peninsula. Like scenery, Clouser enjoys contrasts in his music, too. After fronting a number of rock bands, tackles jazz on his third release, Todd Clouser’sRead More

Pete Levin – Jump! (2010)

Pete Levin – Jump! (2010)

by Pico A couple of years back keyboardist and composer Pete Levin put forth Certified Organic, the second in a string of Hammond B-3 jazz records he’s recently taken an interest in making. It was a thoroughly enjoyable set, one that sizzled and simmered in all the right places, and we had a great time expounding on its virtues. TheRead More

Half Notes: Benjamin Herman – Hypochristmastreefuzz Special Edition (2008)

by S. Victor Aaron The nattily-dressed alto-sax player from the Netherlands, Benjamin Herman, released Hypochristmastreefuzz in 2008, following up on his 2001 live album with the great Dutch avant garde composer Misha Mingelberg with a studio album of Mingelberg tunes. These sessions are released again in 2010, but supplemented with a second disc, a live set from the North SeaRead More

Half Notes: Joe Morris – Camera (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Last year’s Colorfield was Joe Morris’ convincing debut for ESP-Disk. This year’s follow-up follows the same strategy of going without a bass (an instrument that he, ironically, is very proficient at), but instead of piano this time, there’s a cello (by Junko Fujiwara Simons) and violin (by Katt Hernandez). Joined again by Luther Gray on drums,Read More