Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Half Notes: Travis Sullivan – New Directions (2011)

Since 1999, alto saxophonist Travis Sullivan has made a record on average only about every six years or so. Perhaps it’s because he’s very much into his signature project leading the 18-piece big band Bjorkestra, a vehicle for his arrangements of songs by Iceland’s pop icon Bjork. Enjoy! (2008) is the recorded fruits of his main labor of love, butRead More

Half Notes: Eric Reed and Cyrus Chestnut – Plenty Swing, Plenty Soul (2010)

by Mark Saleski To my ears, the reference standard of piano duo recordings has to be that Chick Corea/Herbie Hancock thing. Monstrous, is what it is. This is a little different though. First, it’s Reed and Chestnut (duh). Second, there’s the presence of bass and drums (Dezron Douglas, Willie Jones III). The title gets it right. There is mad swingRead More

David Gibson – End Of The Tunnel (2011)

The sweet, liquid and brassy sound of a trombone has been a major cog in the jazz machine since around its inception, bigger at some times more than at others. These days, it doesn’t enjoy the stature and popularity it used to, and I often wonder why

Half Notes: Count Basie – Kansas City 3: For the Second Time (1975)

Those looking to get a groove going inside Count Basie‘s sprawling, soul-deep catalogue should start with his 1970s stuff — where, more often than not, you find Basie in accessible, small-group settings. Here’s my favorite, a trio recording originally issued by Pablo that was reissued in 2006. I immediately connected with a session that also features bassist Ray Brown andRead More

Forgotten series: Pat Martino – El Hombre (1967)

Given the fact that Pat Martino had played with some of the biggest B3 players in the business (including Jack McDuff and the great Jimmy Smith), it probably surprised no one that Martino’s first solo release

Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – The Out-of-Towners (2004)

by Mark Saleski Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette. Piano, bass, drums. A rational person might ask, “Do we really need another live record from these people?”

Gerald Clayton – Bond, The Paris Sessions (2011)

Like Joshua Redman, Ravi Coltrane, Anthony Wilson and all those Marsalis brothers, Gerald Clayton followed in his father’s footsteps to become an accomplished jazz musician in his own right.

Ornette Coleman – Sound Grammar (2006)

by Mark Saleski Sometimes, curiosity will get the best of me. A strange attraction to something new — a particular (and often peculiar) food, drink, author, musician — will emerge and the craving will not be denied. Mostly, this works out

Half Notes: Miles Davis – Doo Bop (1991)

Confession time: I still have a place in my heart for Miles Davis‘ oft-reviled last album Doo-Bop. Sure, taken as a hip hop album, it didn’t set any new standards. But taken as a jazz album looking to the future, it held lasting importance as the precursor to hybrid albums by Guru and Us3, hits that included (for the firstRead More

Half Notes: Pat Casey and the New Sound, "Canteloupe Island" (2010)

We’ve heard this all before, right? Not exactly: The New Orleans-based Pat Casey opens the second of two interpretations of Herbie Hancock tunes with a gurgling bass before Rex Gregory and Ashlin Parker join in with on sax and trumpet, respectively, to restate the swinging, salacious, but by now unfortunately very familiar theme. Then everybody makes way for Danny Abel,Read More