Sunday, April 24 2011
Abbey Lincoln and Archie Shepp made Painted Lady together in 1987. Or maybe it was 1980. This is a 2008 import released in 2011. Confused yet?
Thursday, April 21 2011
Fred Hersch has been described as a poet of the piano. This live recording shows why.
Wednesday, April 20 2011
American Legacies pairs New Orleans jazz with traditional bluegrass for the sound of the saints marching in to Kentucky. You'll want to be in that number.
Tuesday, April 19 2011
The more I think about the recently-deceased Billy Bang, the more I'm convinced his life is the kind of story someone should write a novel about. Except someone already did: Billy Bang did, and his novel was his life, and his life's story is articulated in his music. And his music lives on.
Wednesday, April 13 2011
Monday, April 11 2011
Jazz pianist Lee Shaw releases two live albums, one an innovative summit with a famous protégé. The other sounds like she and her band are ready to nod off.
Manhattan guitarist Chris Parrello throws diverse but not disparate styles together on his debut album.
Tuesday, March 29 2011
It's an inspired move -- this tribute to an elder statesman of Polish jazz while managing to keep a unique style intact.
Sunday, March 27 2011
The ghosts of Torah past and third-stream present flow together on Steven Lugerner's double album.
Monday, March 21 2011
This is music best appreciated with a martini glass in your hand, though the concoction should definitely be stirred and not shaken.