Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Noah Preminger – Before The Rain (2011)

Noah Preminger – Before The Rain (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron In 2008, then-21 year old tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger issued his debut CD Dry Bridge Road, one that made much of an impression. Fresh out of the New England Conservatory, Dry Bridge Road racked up recognition from publications like Jazztimes, Jazz Review and the Village Voice, where it won the Jazz Critics’ Poll Best Debut OfRead More

Jane Ira Bloom – Wingwalker (2011)

Jane Ira Bloom – Wingwalker (2011)

photo: Tom Lau S. Victor Aaron In preparing to assess Jane Ira Bloom’s brand new CD Wingwalker, I pulled out the prior one, the excellent Mental Weather from 2008. The striking comparison between the two became obvious before I even pulled the CD from the sleeve; I quickly noticed that both of the CD covers featured Bloom performing in motion,Read More

Shauli Einav – Opus One (2011)

Shauli Einav – Opus One (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron The steady stream of highly talented young jazz musicians continue to flow from Israel to New York. We’ve gone from Avishai Cohen to, uh, Avishai Cohen and everyone in between, like Amos Hoffman and Oz Noy. Earlier this week, we officially welcomed another Israeli musician into the fold as leading recording artists with the first widelyRead More

Ferit Odman – Nommo (2010)

Ferit Odman – Nommo (2010)

by Nick DeRiso Drummers, even the rare ones who find fame, are enablers. They spend the bulk of their time refocusing the spotlight on others. It’s no different on Nommo, the sterling new quartet release by Turkish-born Ferit Odman. He assembled a thoughtful group of notables for sessions held in Brooklyn, N.Y., and then smartly allowed each of them toRead More

Jake Fryer/Bud Shank Quintet – In Good Company (2011)

Jake Fryer/Bud Shank Quintet – In Good Company (2011)

photo: Gordon Sapsed by S. Victor Aaron Just before kickoff for the Fiesta Bowl played the other day between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Connecticut Huskies, the sad story was told about the starting UConn cornerback who was senselessly stabbed to death during the prior football season. The night before his murder, Jasper Howard and his teammates celebrated a bigRead More

Mike DiRubbo – Chronos (2011)

Mike DiRubbo – Chronos (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron The beginning of the year is usually a quiet period for music releases. Coming on the heels of the frantic holiday shopping season and the various “best of (prior) year lists” that assist in yuletide purchasing decisions, you’d think there wouldn’t be anything worthwhile coming out between mid-December and, say, March. But one of my favoriteRead More

David Cook – Pathway (2010)

David Cook – Pathway (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron David Cook is a recent addition to the burgeoning young talent that’s filling up the roster at Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, and like his new labelmates, this pianist comes to BJU Records with an abundance of experience. Already, he’s worked with Lizz Wright, Donny McCaslin, Dennis Chambers, John Ellis, Matt Wilson and even big-time pop starsRead More

All killer, no filler: Something Else's most-read stories of 2010

All killer, no filler: Something Else's most-read stories of 2010

by Something Else Reviews Writing can feel akin to tossing a flat rock across the surface of a shimmering river. You never know how far it will go, or just how wide those concentric circles left behind might eventually spread. Sometimes, the thing just sinks. Like, well, a rock. But other times, these entries take on a life of theirRead More

One Track Mind: Nancy Wilson, "What Are You Doing New Year's?" (1963)

One Track Mind: Nancy Wilson, "What Are You Doing New Year's?" (1963)

by Nick DeRiso A lot of singers have sung this one, from Nat “King” Cole and Johnny Mathis to Diana Krall and the Orioles, the post-war R&B vocal quartet. For me, though, Nancy Wilson’s has always been the definitive reading. She nails the sense of hopeful anxiety that surrounds Dec. 31 every year, even while continuing to display a hushedRead More

One Track Mind: Kellylee Evans, "I Loves You Porgy" (2010)

One Track Mind: Kellylee Evans, "I Loves You Porgy" (2010)

by Nick DeRiso Taking on Nina Simone, a singer of dusky persuasiveness, might be foolhardy enough. Remaking this song, a Top 20 pop hit off Simone’s celebrated 1958 debut Little Girl Blue seemed like the worst idea of all. But Canadian singer Kellylee Evans finds a new light, even if it’s only a small sliver, within this dark tale fromRead More