Thursday, September 27 2007
This book, while witty at times, suffers from a burning desire to be cool.
Wednesday, August 22 2007
Though the CD bears his name, saxophonist Byars allows his quartet to solo, at length, on each of the album’s eight tracks. This could be an asset, but the musicians sound like they’re wandering through each instrument, trying to grab inspiration from the air.
Sunday, August 12 2007
On a High Note is an amalgamation of standards recorded by Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau over the past 15 years.
Monday, August 6 2007
Friendly Travelers is an album of contrasts. Looped effects and speeding arpeggios add a needed grit to the album’s overall pleasant aura.
Sunday, July 15 2007
Arturo excises technical fireworks for an album of danceable big band charts.