Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Forgotten series: Nat ‘King" Cole – Welcome to the Club (1959)

Forgotten series: Nat ‘King" Cole – Welcome to the Club (1959)

The King has been dead for nearly a half century. Not that you’d know it with all the reissues, television specials and creepy rip offs from Nat Cole‘s daughter over the last pair of decades. He’s funny that way. Cole has had more output over that period than many living jazzers, and he’s brought more surprises — this album (sinceRead More

Plans set for Gil Evans' 100th birthday celebration – and you can join in

Plans set for Gil Evans' 100th birthday celebration – and you can join in

by Something Else Reviews Composer/producer Ryan Truesdell on Wednesday launched the Gil Evans Centennial Project at GilEvansProject.com. There’s news: Truesdell, the first person outside of the Evans family to have full access to his musical archives, has uncovered a series of rare compositions, from before and after Evans’ celebrated collaborations with Miles Davis. “Gil was an amazingly prolific composer andRead More

Nordic Connect – Spirals (2011)

Nordic Connect – Spirals (2011)

Photo of Ingrid Jensen from http://www.ingridjensen.com by S. Victor Aaron Nordic Connect is a grouping of musicians from Canada (Ingrid Jensen, trumpet; Ingrid’s sister Christine Jensen, alto and soprano saxes), U.S.A. (Ingrid’s husband Jon Wikan, drums), and Sweden (Maggie Olin (piano, Fender Rhodes; Mattias Welin, acoustic bass). The name points up to the Scandinavian ancestry of all its members, andRead More

Mark and Glenn Zaleski – Duet Suite (2011)

Mark and Glenn Zaleski – Duet Suite (2011)

by Mark Saleski One of the markers of high-level instrumental interplay is the perception of intimacy. We see this again & again in review language — that the musicians seemed as though they were “of one mind,” that their communication was “telepathic.” There are plenty of recorded examples that come to mind: Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock’s An Evening With…,Read More

George Shearing Quintet with Nancy Wilson – The Swingin's Mutual (1961)

George Shearing Quintet with Nancy Wilson – The Swingin's Mutual (1961)

George Shearing, the sightless bebop-influenced pianist best known for the 1952 jazz standard “Lullaby of Birdland,” died today of congestive heart failure at age 91. Here’s a look back at a favorite Shearing release, done alongside singer Nancy Wilson … by Nick DeRiso One of the smartest things Nancy Wilson ever did was start singing at the Blue Morocco inRead More

Something Else! Reviews on the 2011 Grammy winners

Something Else! Reviews on the 2011 Grammy winners

Checking in with our thoughts on a few of tonight’s winners from the 2011 Grammy Awards, including the Black Keys – the top-rated Something Else! Reviews record from last year — as well as Buddy Guy, Neil Young, Stanley Clarke, Paul McCartney and Mavis Staples, among others. Click through the album titles for more … THE BLACK KEYS, BROTHERS (winnerRead More

Alvin Batiste – Marsalis Music Honors Series (2007)

Alvin Batiste – Marsalis Music Honors Series (2007)

Photo by Jim Eigo by Nick DeRiso People think of clarinets as this sound from a different era, and the guys who play them as having done so in black and white. The late Alvin Batiste, who initially found his muse in Charlie Parker‘s “Now’s the Time,” was never that way. His isn’t a same-ole, same-ole southland sound so muchRead More

Jonathan Parker – Jonathan Parker Group (2010)

Jonathan Parker – Jonathan Parker Group (2010)

Photo from www.Jonathan-Parker.com by S. Victor Aaron Many up and coming jazz artists we’ve covered here typically come from just about every corner of the U.S.A., attend a prestigious music school and, perhaps after some intermediate stop at a regional jazz hub, eventually end up in the intensely competitive but vibrant environs of New York City. After all, “if youRead More

Sasha Masakowski – Wishes and Take Your City EPs

Sasha Masakowski – Wishes and Take Your City EPs

Photo from www.SashaMasakowski.com by Nick DeRiso Sasha Masakowski, at once fearless and charming, is featured on two new EPs, one as a leader with Musical Playground (a sampling from the forthcoming next-gen jazz recording Wishes on Hypersoul Records) and another as part of the New Orleans indie rock/electronic band Bionica on Take Your City. Across these nine songs, we discoverRead More

BANN (Seamus Blake/Jay Anderson/Oz Noy/Adam Nussbaum) – As You Like (2011)

BANN (Seamus Blake/Jay Anderson/Oz Noy/Adam Nussbaum) – As You Like (2011)

photo: Jazz Eyes Records by S. Victor Aaron BANN is a jazz supergroup of sorts, consisting of saxophonist Seamus Blake, bassist Jay Anderson, guitarist Oz Noy and drummer Adam Nussbaum. We know how supergroups can be hit-or-miss affairs; either egos clash and the different voices don’t click together, or they come together naturally to create something that can be veryRead More