A trio of live performances from the duo of Kenny Barron and Mulgrew Miller – all concerts featuring just the two pianists working alongside each other, in a mode that has both players stretching out beautifully! There's no other instrumentation at all – no bass, drums, or horns – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
This isn't the first time that vibist Erik Charlston has paid tribute to the music of Hermeto Pascoal – but the set's definitely a cooker that lives up to the strong legacy of Brazilian music and jazz that we've always loved in Hermeto's creations! Songs are mostly by Pascoal, but the set ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gerald Cleaver's got a great band here – a tight sextet who follow every twist and turn of the drummer's energy – and who also bring their own sense of soaring soul to the session too! The vibe is almost a bit like that of some of the more far-reaching Jazz Messengers that Art Blakey ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Avishai Cohen —
Arvoles ... CD Sunnyside, 2019. New Copy ...
Bassist Avishai Cohen never fails to delight our ears – he's always got ways of opening things up past the usual – keeping his instrument upfront, and in a very personal placement on a recording – while also encouraging the others to really bring their best ideas into play! Here, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A set dedicated to the memory of Antonio Carlos Jobim, but one that's hardly just the usual variation on his classic numbers – as only a few tunes here are actually by the composer, and all of the music has that fresh sort of sparkle that we always love in the Brazilian jazz material from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Stu Mindeman's really opening the door this time around – letting in an array of singers who include Kurt Elling, Francesca Ancarola, and Ana Tijoux – as well as guest performers Makaya McCraven on drums, Miguel Zenon on alto, Marquis Hill on trumpet, and Matt Ullery on bass! The door's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare rare landmark from Charles Mingus – music written for the 1965 Monterey festival, but (as the title indicates) not played at the festival! The recording was done later, at UCLA, with a group that includes Charles McPherson, Julius Watkins, Jimmy Owens, Hobart Dotson, and Howard ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Nature Work (Jason Stein, Greg Ward, & Others) —
Nature Work ... CD Sunnyside, 2019. New Copy ...
A wonderful pairing of horns – the alto of Greg Ward and bass clarinet of Jason Stein – both musicians who seem to urge each other to new heights in the energy of this group! The whole lineup is as great as the horns, and equally balanced too – with Eric Revis on bass and Jim ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fantastic duets between saxophonist Dave Liebman and pianist Martial Solal – a very intimate, but very powerful – almost as if both musicians are getting to the heart of their strengths, showing them in the best possible light as they come together with a strong sense of imagination and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful record from reedman Jeremy Udden – a set with four pieces by Steve Lacy at the core, and some equally great material throughout the entire record! The group here features Udden on soprano and alto sax – working out these thoughtful, melodic lines that snake beautifully over ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Contemporary magic from Denny Zeitlin – a recent album by the pianist we first grew to love for his work in the 60s! Zeitlin's music here every bit as thoughtful as in years past – complex lines on the piano, but always with a sense of swing – and a good dose of lyrical energy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Miguel Zenon & Laurent Coq —
Rayuela ... CD Sunnyside, 2012. Used ...
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