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.
Friday, August 17 2007
Thursday, August 16 2007
Monday, August 13 2007
The jazz guitarist -- with Wilco, his trios, or anyone else -- opens up a conversation about how to keep this music living.
Tuesday, August 7 2007
It is uplifting to hear modern jazz that is at once both easily accessible and startling creative.
Thursday, July 19 2007
A truly great band at a definitive moment in the music's history -- and never heard before.
Tuesday, July 17 2007
Tuesday, June 26 2007
With the release of Mago, an album of duets with bandmate John Medeski, Billy Martin continues to pursue a personal vision of music without many boundaries, a pop-jazz-avant-garde combination that barely acknowledges the market while still sounding irresistible.
Wednesday, June 6 2007
Red Soil is worth checking out, even if soft jazz is not usually your thing.
Monday, April 23 2007
A Chicago jazz vet surrounds himself with an eclectic mix of avant-garde musicians and post-rock types.