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Allison Miller – Boom Tic Boom (2010)

Allison Miller – Boom Tic Boom (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Drumming ace Allison Miller might not be a household name, but, boy, she sure is linked to a whole host of them. The Washington, DC-born Miller has recorded and toured with Ani DeFranco, Natalie Merchant and Brandi Carlile. She’s also drummed for major figures on the jazz side, too, like Dr. Lonnie Smith, Erik Friedlander, KennyRead More

Quickies: New Release Roundup 2010, Vol. 1

Quickies: New Release Roundup 2010, Vol. 1

The hottest band in the land just might be the Drive-By Truckers by S. Victor Aaron Funny how it seems I have plenty of time to listen to new music and precious little to write about. There’s about 9GBs of albums in my iPod rotation and I’m familiar with a good majority of it. And I want to tell theRead More

Pat Metheny – Orchestrion (2010)

Pat Metheny – Orchestrion (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron I’ve been following Pat Metheny’s career since the late seventies but it’s only occurred to me very gradually what a major, important force in music he really is. Note I said “music” and not “jazz,” because his breadth and depth of the understanding of music of nearly every form, and the degree to which he canRead More

Harry Allen Two-Fer! New York State of Mind and Ehud Asherie's Modern Life

Harry Allen Two-Fer! New York State of Mind and Ehud Asherie's Modern Life

by S. Victor Aaron Not long ago we lauded the old school approach of saxophonist Eric Alexander, but even Alexander sounds rather leading edge compared to another tenorman just two years his senior, Harry Allen. The son of a big band drummer, Allen was exposed to jazz literally from the time he was born. After graduating from Rutgers with aRead More

Jeremy Pelt – Men Of Honor (2010)

Jeremy Pelt – Men Of Honor (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Did Columbia Records just pull a forgotten Miles Davis Second Great Quintet record out of the vault and dropped it unsuspectingly on the public? Because when I listen to Jeremy Pelt’s new CD Men Of Honor (released January 26), it often feels like a set of songs that can comfortably rest alongside tracks from E.S.P., MilesRead More

One Track Mind: Tobias Gebb and Unit 7 – "Tomorrow Never Knows" (2009)

One Track Mind: Tobias Gebb and Unit 7 – "Tomorrow Never Knows" (2009)

by Nick DeRiso You hear Beatles songs remade by jazz musicians with notable frequency, some more successful (Jaco Pastorius‘ glorious reading of the oft-covered “Blackbird” from “Word of Mouth”; a just-right “All My Loving” on “Basie’s Beatles Bag”; Ramsey Lewis‘ underrated “Hard Day’s Night” from “Finest Hour”) than others (almost all of the rest of that un-Fab 1966 Count BasieRead More

Ralph Bowen – Due Reverence (2010)

Ralph Bowen – Due Reverence (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron The master tenor sax player Ralph Bowen has been around for quite a while, releasing his first album back in 1992. But plum sideman opportunities and a teaching gig at Rutgers has kept him plenty busy; it only been the last three or so years that his own solo recording has picked up the pace, despiteRead More

Sam Newsome – Blue Soliloquy (2010)

Sam Newsome – Blue Soliloquy (2010)

Sam Newsome, who first came into wider notice as a tenor-playing member of the Terence Blanchard Quintet in the early 1990s, takes the soprano to places both familiar and new on “Blue Soliloquy.” Subtitled “Solo works for the soprano saxophone,” it’s Newsome’s tone-poem love letter to what makes his new instrument such a freeing experience. No longer having to “carryRead More

Salvatore Bonafede Trio – Sicilian Opening (2010)

Salvatore Bonafede Trio – Sicilian Opening (2010)

by Pico When you look at what the pianist from Palermo, Sicily has already accomplished, any new release by Salvatore Bonafede should be a highly anticipated one. A Berklee grad, Bonafede has played with Jerry Bergonzi, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Tim Berne, John Abercrombie, Lester Bowie, Tom Harrell, Dave Douglas and fellow Italian Enrico Rava. He’s led records that hasRead More

George Winston – Love Will Come: The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2 (2010)

George Winston – Love Will Come: The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2 (2010)

by Nick DeRiso For years, I thought of Vince Guaraldi’s work — particularly, on the first 16 Peanuts specials between 1965-76 — as something akin to comfort food. I didn’t recall it as being all that challenging. His themes, in my memory, were always lushly lyrical, even impressionistic (“Love Will Come,” “Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” “Rain, Rain GoRead More

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