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One Track Mind: Roberto Badoglio – "Inner Urge" (2010)

One Track Mind: Roberto Badoglio – "Inner Urge" (2010)

by Pico I find that much of jazz is taking someone else’s tune and make it into something new. The trick is to do so without casting off the thing (or things) that made it such a great tune to cover to begin with. But who can take Joe Henderson’s modal madness of “Inner Urge”, update it with modern touchesRead More

Ullmann|Swell 4 – News? No News! (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron German woodwind wunderkind Gebhard Ullmann and New York-based trombone titlist Steve Swell may come from opposing sides of the Atlantic, but when the two get together to make music, they’re in the same house of whack jazz. There are some 70 led or co-led albums between the two (including Swell’s mind melting Particle Data Group withRead More

Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh) (2010)

by Pico The call Aretha Franklin the Queen of Soul, but those too young to remember her will mostly likely know about the Queen of Neo Soul, Erykah Badu. Today she unleashes the follow-up to her dense and intense New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War (2008), which was often confrontational, cutting and unpredictable. It was her White Album (IRead More

Christian Scott – Yesterday You Said Tomorrow (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron It was about a year and a half ago when we studied trumpeter Christian Scott’s exciting new live document Live At Newport. This was a record I felt was a perfect manifestation of a unique and allusive style of jazz he has come up with, one that is loose, open, and nods toward present-day rock allRead More

Samuel Torres – Yaoundé (2010)

Samuel Torres – Yaoundé (2010)

by Pico Samuel Torres’ life journey from a boy with dreams of being a full-time musician, to becoming a full-time musician, to becoming a successful one, takes another turn with the release last week of his second album, Yaoundé. Born and raised by a hard working a supportive single mother in Bogotá, Columbia, Torres’ perseverance as a percussionist paid offRead More

The Wee Trio – Capitol Diner Vol. 2 Animal Style (2010)

by Pico “The world’s most vicious vibes-led threesome” That was the big impression I was left with from the self-described “post-punk jazz trio with vibraphone,” aka the Wee Trio, back when they released their debut record in the late summer of 2008. Capitol Diner Vol. 1 was hell-bent on busting up long-held conventions about how a vibe-led group was supposedRead More

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

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