Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

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

From The Stacks 2011, Vol. 2: Toots Thielemans, Benjamin Drazen, Brian Landrus, others

Photo from Jos Knaepen/ amsterdamjazzagency.com by S. Victor Aaron When I first started the Stacks series last year, I had two formatting rules about it: each artist was to be allotted one paragraph each and there must be at least six albums examined. I’m bending both rules this time, as only five new releases will get a look, and theRead More

Matthew Shipp – Art of the Improviser (2011)

Matthew Shipp – Art of the Improviser (2011)

by Mark Saleski The music of jazz composer/pianist Matthew Shipp isn’t fairly described as “avant garde,” mostly because to a great many people, that categorization can be read as “I don’t understand this music, can we please leave now?” This wouldn’t be fair to Shipp because over the course of his career, he has spent a lot of time tryingRead More

Delfeayo Marsalis – Sweet Thunder (2011)

Delfeayo Marsalis – Sweet Thunder (2011)

Photo from Delfeayo Marsalis’ MySpace page by Nick DeRiso For all of the many wonders of Duke Ellington‘s Such Sweet Thunder, the 1957 ode to the writings of William Shakespeare left plenty of room to tinker. Many of the compositions, which explored literary familiars from Othello to Hamlet, were but brief bursts of sound. That opens the door for anRead More

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