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Umphrey's McGee – Mantis (2009)

Umphrey's McGee – Mantis (2009)

photo: Kevin Browning by Pico It’s finally here, folks. Well, besides the Obama Administration, that is. Regardless of your politics, if you’re a fan of Umphrey’s McGee, you know that your day has arrived. Mantis, the first UM album conceived entirely in the studio, hits the streets today. Simply the best improv rock band in the country today and withRead More

The Blue Note 7 – Mosaic, A Celebration Of Blue Note Recordings (2009)

by Pico In 1939, German immigrant Alfred Lion founded Blue Note Records along with Max Margulis as a label dedicated to signing and recording jazz and blues artists. Over the years, this label became a central part of jazz history itself, as it became the home for seminal recordings by Thelonius Monk, Bud Powell, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Lee Morgan,Read More

Dave Brubeck Quartet featuring Paul Desmond – On the Radio: Live 1956-57 (2008)

Dave Brubeck Quartet featuring Paul Desmond – On the Radio: Live 1956-57 (2008)

by Nick DeRiso Masterpieces seem to come at us all at once, like epiphanies and summer storms. But the making of such things is more a journey than a lightning bolt, with ideas and elements to mix and match along the way. That’s the case with Dave Brubeck’s superlative 1959 effort “Time Out,” a load-bearing wall in the West CoastRead More

One Track Mind: Jeff Beck/Tal Wilkenfeld, "Cause We've Ended As Lovers" (2008)

One Track Mind: Jeff Beck/Tal Wilkenfeld, "Cause We've Ended As Lovers" (2008)

by S. Victor Aaron Jeff Beck has long been at or near the top of a lot of people’s greatest guitarists lists and it’s not hard to see why. He’s a master technician, and possesses a highly unique, blues-based style that no one has even really come close to duplicating. And he can traverse rock, blues and jazz with equalRead More

Avishai Cohen – Flood (2008)

Avishai Cohen – Flood (2008)

by Pico For the second time in a year, we’re here looking at an Avishai Cohen album, but from two different musicians. Because, while both are jazz artists who hail from Israel, the one we examined earlier specializes in acoustic bass. The one we looking at here is a trumpet player. Avishai Cohen—the trumpeter—plays jazz like that bass guy, butRead More

Erik Friedlander – Broken Arm Trio (2008)

Erik Friedlander – Broken Arm Trio (2008)

photo: Dario Villa“Erik Friedlander can do things with a cello that should have a reasonable listener fearing for her life.” That quote came from not the Lester Bangs of whack jazz Mark Saleski, but from none other than Pitchforkmedia.com. There aren’t that many cellists—much less whack jazz cellists—who get any kind of attention from a site more in tune withRead More

Weather Report – Weather Report (1971): On Second Thought

Weather Report – Weather Report (1971): On Second Thought

This is perhaps Weather Report’s most honest record. You just have to lean in closer to appreciate it.

One Track Mind: Leonardo E. M. Cioglia "Equidista?ncia" (2008)

One Track Mind: Leonardo E. M. Cioglia "Equidista?ncia" (2008)

by Pico If you’ve followed this space the last couple of months, you’ve might have first noticed the warm reception that Brazilian bassist Leonardo E. M. Cioglia got here for his majestic debut Contos. And if you missed that, perhaps you detected the album’s prominent mention in the “Best of 2008” traditional and modern jazz picks. But we’re not quiteRead More

The New Jazz Composers Octet – The Turning Gate (2008)

The New Jazz Composers Octet – The Turning Gate (2008)

NOTE: The New Jazz Composers Octet was the last backing band of jazz trumpet legend Freddie Hubbard, who passed away this morning at age 70 due to complications from a heart attack suffered on November 26. A truly major figure in jazz and one of the best trumpet players of all times, Hubbard leaves behind a legacy of excellent recordingsRead More

Movies: Willie Nelson/Wynton Marsalis – Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC (2008)

Movies: Willie Nelson/Wynton Marsalis – Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC (2008)

by Nick DeRiso We’ve already offered a tip of the hat to “Two Men With the Blues,” Wynton Marsalis’ new recording with Willie Nelson — an offbeat, stirring collaboration that crossed genres and, hopefully, changed minds about the walls we’ve put up inside the open spaces of our music. Eagle Rock Entertainment subsequently offered this terrific multi-media companion piece calledRead More

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