Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

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

Peter Hum – A Boy's Journey (2010)

Peter Hum – A Boy's Journey (2010)

photo: Bruno Schlumberger by S. Victor Aaron Peter Hum is, in a few ways, like me. We’re a couple of middle-aged guys who both love jazz, love to write about jazz and critique jazz records, and post our reviews on the internet. I’ve been an admirer of Hum’s jazz blog of the online version of the Ottawa Citizen for severalRead More

Pablo Embon – Second Chances (2011)

One Track Mind: Shawn Bell Quintet, "Requiem For Lovers" (2010)

One Track Mind: Shawn Bell Quintet, "Requiem For Lovers" (2010)

Photo from Shawn Bell’s Facebook fan page by S. Victor Aaron The young trombonist Shawn Bell didn’t attend one of those big name prestigious music schools in the Northeast, nor is a player in the hustle and bustle of New York City’s intense jazz scene, but just listen to his debut album from last year Things Yet Unknown and youRead More

Ralph Bowen – Power Play (2011)

Ralph Bowen – Power Play (2011)

photo courtesy of Posi-Tone Records by S. Victor Aaron It seems like it was not even a year since we were last here chatting up a new Ralph Bowen CD, and checking back, there actually is less than twelve months between his last one, Due Reverence and this one due out on February 8, Power Play. That makes his thirdRead More

Half Notes: Peter Scherr – Son Of August (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron Scherr is an American jazz bassist who resides in Hong Kong and spends his time trying to foster creative music within China. A few years ago, he got the urge to fulfill a longtime goal of making music with saxophonist Michael Blake, and he wanted to make sure it was going to be done right. So,Read More

Robert Hurst – Unrehurst, Volume 2 (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron Robert Hurst is a guy I remember being Wynton Marsalis’ bassist in the late 1980s, before performing in the same capacity for Branford’s Tonight Show band. From there, I don’t recall much. But that’s on me because in reality, Hurst has kept very busy: he’s served as a sideman for everyone from Lou Rawls to Keb’Read More

Half Notes: Shawn Costantino – Waltz For Anne (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron Listening to Shawn Costantino’s Waltz For Anne, you’re reminded of Stanley Turrentine or Gene Ammons. Also, he takes on a few standards, but only one of them (“The Touch of your Lips”) is a jazz one. The other two are taken from The Beatles (“Can’t Buy Me Love”) and James Taylor (“Don’t Let Me Be LonelyRead More

Sam Trapchak's Put Together Funny – Lollipopocalypse (2010)

Sam Trapchak's Put Together Funny – Lollipopocalypse (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Growing up in the Detroit area, Sam Trapchak’s dad played electric bass, and like most musically interested young boys in America, Sam wanted to play guitar. But his father persuaded him to take up bass instead with a piece of irrefutable logic: Everyone always needs a bass player. From there, young Sam was on his way,Read More

Half Notes: Roxy Coss – Roxy Coss (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron Women continue to move into areas of jazz long dominated by men, and in a big way. Even since I made a big to-do about this trend a couple of summers ago, the parade of girls muscling their way into the boys’ club continues on stronger than ever. The latest to tear down that barrier isRead More