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One Track Mind: Neil Young "Fuel Line" (2009)

One Track Mind: Neil Young "Fuel Line" (2009)

by Pico Times have changed a lot since Neil Young began his music career in the mid-sixties but Young’s keen awareness of the times hasn’t. And if he’s passionate about what he sees in front of him, you’ll likely see him put out music about it when the issue is still fresh in people’s minds. On May 4, 1970, theRead More

Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets + 2 – Echoes Of Ethnicity (2009)

Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets + 2 – Echoes Of Ethnicity (2009)

by Pico Like Dave Holland, Derrick Gardner is following the axiom of “more is…” more. Allow me to explain… One of the hottest jazz combos of the last decade has been the Dave Holland Quintet. Recently, Holland decided to shake things up a bit and expanded his quintet to a sextet. The result can be heard on last year’s fineRead More

John Scofield – Piety Street (2009)

John Scofield – Piety Street (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron John Scofield isn’t regarded as the top two or three jazz guitarists of the last couple of decades just because he’s such a great guitar player. The thing that sets him apart from almost all the others is his ability to play a different style of jazz (or even something outside of jazz) on each recordRead More

Ronnie Milsap – Then Sings My Soul (2009)

Ronnie Milsap – Then Sings My Soul (2009)

by Nick Deriso  A remarkably open and spiritual recording, “Then Sings My Soul” reveals the most touching of sentiments for the deeply religious Ronnie Milsap. Gone is the brassy everyman bravado of familiar country-soul and pop hits like “Stranger in My House,” “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World” or “Daydreams about Night Things.” In its place: a clarityRead More

Jimmy Greene – Mission Statement (2009)

Jimmy Greene – Mission Statement (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron Late last year I covered a new release by David Weiss’ New Jazz Composers Octet, The Turning Gate. The names found in this band aren’t household names, but the high level of musicianship and composition writing savvy by every member of this collective nevertheless makes this a real jazz supergroup. Well, today comes a new releaseRead More

Quickies: Prestige Records, Patrizia Scascitelli, Jessica Lurie, The Tiptons Sax Quartet

Quickies: Prestige Records, Patrizia Scascitelli, Jessica Lurie, The Tiptons Sax Quartet

by Pico We’ve been long overdue for another “Quickies,” as there’s been way more new releases to talk abput than there’s time to talk (as usual). Nonetheless, the show must go on and the word has to get out. This variation has a certain theme. Well, sort of. We start with a compilation that celebrates the recording achievements of anRead More

Diana Krall – Quiet Nights (2009)

A mature romanticism permeates “Quiet Nights,” Diana Krall’s intimate if not always challenging Verve release. Issued on March 31, “Quiet Nights” features three familiar Brazilian classics (yes, including, “The Boy from Ipanema”), four rhythmically infused popular American tunes and three elegant ballads. Throughout, Krall’s whispery smooth phrasing (part Julie London, part mature-era Peggy Lee) meshes perfectly — like slipping betweenRead More

Will Sellenraad – Balance (2009)

by Pico Will Sellenraad is a member of a newer generation of jazz musicians who have that ability to fold in elements of rock, soul and folk into jazz without diluting the jazz component at all. His guitar playing style has a full, rounded tone that can best be described as unaffected, reserved passion. It shows the influence of twoRead More

Download: Marcus Roberts' "New Orleans Meets Harlem, Vol. 1"

Download: Marcus Roberts' "New Orleans Meets Harlem, Vol. 1"

NICK DERISO: With “New Orleans Meets Harlem,” pianist Marcus Roberts explores the connections between two of jazz music’s most elemental tributaries — building on familiar ideas put in place by Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. The record, Roberts’ first in eight years, hits the streets on Tuesday, March 31, and features bassist RolandRead More

The Dave Fox Group featuring Bruce Eisenbeil – Home Again (2008)

The Dave Fox Group featuring Bruce Eisenbeil – Home Again (2008)

by S. Victor Aaron Dave Fox teaches piano courses at Greensboro College in North Carolina, but the stuff he’s puttin’ down with his combo The Dave Fox Group couldn’t be any more opposite of what you’d find in a classroom setting. It simply has too much panache for formal academic study. The DFG, consisting of Fox on various keyboards, JonRead More