Monday, August 1 2011
Wormed with Middle Eastern loops and hooks, and also playful, with a jazz playfulness
Thursday, July 28 2011
Sophisticatedly conceived and presented simply, Denny Zeitlin's live solo performance is a modest marvel of old jazz played in new ways.
Here's a trick: a five-minute "In A Gadda da Vida" that's more self-indulgent than the original!
Tuesday, July 26 2011
Larry Coryell is rogue, the Wide Hive Players aren't. Together, they make a pretty good album. There is, of course, room for improvement.
Eric Harland is a drummer and composer to be reckoned with. And legally speaking, he can't run for president for another two years.
Thursday, July 21 2011
This set invites reflection and negotiation even as it demands both energy and patience.
Orchestre National de Jazz of France releases an album that needs to be heard rather than read about. Get it while the getting's good.
Wednesday, July 20 2011
Last night, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band, joined forces for a foot-stomping, soul movin' version of the gospel classic "I'll Fly Away" on the stages of the Late Show with David Letterman.
Sunday, July 17 2011
Suspenseful work from a celebrated percussionist, if not altogether satisfying.
Thursday, July 14 2011
These four guys have known each other for years, yet this is the first album to feature all of them in the same room. Calling it a "doozy" is just a playful, feeble understatement.