Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Half Notes: Ryan Cohan – Another Look (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Pianist and composer Ryan Cohan follows up his highly acclaimed One Sky (2007) with another slate of mostly originals, Another Look. Though Cohan is an exceptional composer (Ramsey Lewis has recorded many of his tunes), Cohan sought to make his latest record more performance-oriented. He supplements his quartet (Geof Bradfield, woodwinds; Lorin Cohen, bass; Kobie Watkins,Read More

Half Notes: Ideal Bread – Transmit: Vol. 2 of The Music of Steve Lacy (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Ideal Bread is a Steve Lacy tribute band, at least a tribute band in that they play the songs of the late, great soprano saxophonist and composer of the free jazz world. But this four-piece band, which includes baritone saxophonist Josh Stinton, Lacy’s copyist and student during the last two years of his life, brings Lacy’sRead More

Rich Halley Quartet – Live At The Penofin Jazz Festival (2010)

Rich Halley Quartet – Live At The Penofin Jazz Festival (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Since at least the fifties, many a jazz musician have made records of their live gigs at festivals. Some of the largest and most enduring ones have been a favorite location for cutting a record: Newport, Montreaux, Monterrey, North Sea and so on. And then there’s the Penofin Jazz Festival in Potter Valley, California. Nestled inRead More

Half Notes: William Parker Organ Quartet – Uncle Joe's Spirit House (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Around the same time William Parker released the culmination of an epic Curtis Mayfield project that spanned live performances over seven years, Parker quietly released a decidedly more personal and discreet affair, Uncle Joe’s Spirit House. Dedicated to his 92-year-old uncle Joe and his wife of 65 years, Aunt Carrie, the music that Parker chose forRead More

Half Notes: Mike Marshall – An Adventure 1999-2009 (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron This is a compilation of some highlight tracks from Mike Marshall’s albums released under Adventure Music, a label he co-founded in the late 1990s. Going agaist the grain, the track sequence goes in reverse chronological order, which means two cuts from last year’s Mike Marshall’s Big Trio begin the collection. It works back to collaborations withRead More

Half Notes: Marc Cary Focus Trio – Focus Trio Live 2009 (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Last month, percussionist Sameer Gupta presented a CD that was one of the more creative fusions of East Indian and jazz music ever attempted. His keyboardist Marc Cary played a key role in that endeavor but the productive partnership extends to Cary’s own records, too. Live 2009 archives four performances over three days in July inRead More

Michael Formanek Quartet – The Rub And Spare Change (2010)

Michael Formanek Quartet – The Rub And Spare Change (2010)

Photo: Shawn Brickbill/High Two by Pico It’s been quite a while since the bassist and composer Michael Formanek has led a date but with his ECM debut The Rub And Spare Change, he’s more than made up for lost time. Out since October 12, The Rub marks his return as a leader since the solo bass recording Am I BotheringRead More

Sameer Gupta – Namaskar (2010)

Sameer Gupta – Namaskar (2010)

by Pico One of the bigger regrets I’ve had with this site was missing the opportunity to review Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Kinsmen when it was released two years ago, because this saxman of Indian descent did such a brilliant job in combining traditional Indian music with traditional jazz. Last week, the debut album by another Indian-American, the percussionist and tabla playerRead More

Shows I'll Never Forget: Pat Metheny, Oct, 20, 2010

Shows I'll Never Forget: Pat Metheny, Oct, 20, 2010

by Mark Saleski, at Binghamton University, Vestal, N.Y. Oh dear, I was this close to feeling disappointed. I loved the Orchestrion concept and music so much that tickets were procured and a trip was planned (across southern New Hampshire, Vermont, and all the way out past Albany to Binghamton, NY) to see what Pat Metheny would do with his creationRead More

Howard Wiley and The Angola Project – 12 Gates To The City (2010)

Howard Wiley and The Angola Project – 12 Gates To The City (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Howard Wiley’s The Angola Project (2007) created a lot of buzz and put his name firmly on the jazz map. It wasn’t so much for the tenor saxophonist’s playing or inventing a whole new style of jazz. Rather, the acclaim came from the attention he brought to the spirituals of Louisiana’s state prison at Angola, andRead More