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The Stryker-Slagle Band – Latest Outlook (2007)

by Pico David Stryker, like my main man John Scofield, is the kind of jazz guitarist who never seems satisfied with sticking in one style of music for too long. Earlier this week we presented a pretty damned impressive fusion side of his with 1998’s Shades Of Miles. Last year, Stryker did his late, great boss Jack McDuff proud withRead More

Manu Katché – Playground (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron The French drummer Manu Katché has carved out a real nice career touring and recording behind names like Peter Gabriel, Sting, Joni Mitchell, Dire Straits, Michael McDonald and Joan Armatrading. So what kind of record would you expect from an A-list pop percussionist? If you said such a record would be as if Brian Blade decidedRead More

Quickies: Josh Nelson, Steve Allee, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Hunter/Bobby Previte

by S. Victor Aaron It’s been hard to get my head out of the jazz idiom lately. That hadn’t limited the variety in my listening that much, since “jazz” covers so much musical ground. For this go-around of Quickies, the first two selections aren’t all that dissimilar but then the style goes to way-back for the third one then way-forwardRead More

Bill Frisell, et. al. – Floratone (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron Bill Frisell is a guy I’ve been a huge fan of for about six or seven years, but the sheer volume, originality and wide range of his music has made it impossible for me to know where to begin when writing about him. There is not a guitarist of any stripe on the scene today whoRead More

William Parker/Raining On The Moon – Corn Meal Dance (2007)

by Pico William Parker is in many ways like fellow double-bassist Dave Holland: nimble, quick, creative, accurate and full of ideas. He is also one of the rare bassists whose notes manage to capture attention even in a strictly supportive role. Village Voice calls him “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time.” A fixture on New York’sRead More

Bruce Hornsby – Camp Meeting (2007)

When rock and pop stars make a foray into jazz it can risky proposition for them. While I’m sure all of them do it out of some sincere love for the music form, they can’t expect to sell as many records as they’re accustomed to and if they don’t have the chops to pull it off, they wind up lookingRead More

Karl Denson – Lunar Orbit (2007)

by Pico Rare groove merchant Karl Denson has been around since serving as a sideman to Lenny Kravitz during Kravitz’ peak Let Love Grow/Are You Gonna Go My Way era. But since that career-enhancing stint, Denson focused his sax, flute and singing talents on the acid jazz scene that was burgeoning about a dozen years ago. He first made hisRead More

John Scofield Trio – This Meets That (2007)

by Pico John Scofield hates to sit still. He rarely goes more than two or three years playing a certain variety of jazz before he abruptly switches gears. His restlessness is part of the reason why he is one of the most highly respected six-string wielding jazz musicians of this generation. But with a recording career touching on such aRead More

The Subdudes – Street Symphony (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron They look and sound like they’ve been around forever, but the Subdudes have “only” existed for 20 years (counting the roughly eight-year hiatus from 1996-2004), mainly flying under the radar. They come out of that musically rich town of New Orleans, but have rarely been mentioned in the same sentence as Dr. John, Galactic or theRead More

Manhattan New Music Project – Jazz Cycles (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron Orchestral jazz seem to be a dying art these days. Oh sure, there are Ellington, Monk and Mingus tribute bands, but there seems to be a dearth of composers creating new works. Well OK, maybe that’s a little dramatic. In reality, such jazz composers still do exist today, but they toil in relative obscurity. One ofRead More

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