Sunday, June 19 2011
Billy Bang and Bill Cole have a few things in common other than a similar first name and untempered instruments.
Thursday, June 16 2011
A rising jazz talent makes a stop-and-smell-the-roses-with-your-pals kind of album.
Tuesday, June 14 2011
Ivory tickler Laszlo Gardony's latest album is all taste and almost no flash. Is this good? Bad? Neither?
Monday, June 13 2011
Alternately delicate and earthy saxophone/piano duets, rather splendid.
Sunday, June 5 2011
The latest Miles Davis collection chronicles some of the best, most interesting and hungry tunes the legend ever offered.
Thursday, May 26 2011
Like Bukowski, the gloomy laureate whose work is re-sounded here, Nichloas Urie is not afraid to walk on the dark side. He's also able to find fragments of beauty in the gloom.
Tuesday, May 24 2011
Bussmann surrounds Mello's soft voice with the sound of corks popping, and then circles around him in an avant-garde, repetitive way with the cello.
Thursday, May 19 2011
The marriage of voice-and-keyboard jazz with gnawa, oud and various North African ideas is so deft that the joints never show.
Wednesday, May 11 2011
McCoy Tyner epitomizes the restless spirit and inspiration that characterizes all of our great artists. He was already a master by the mid-’60s; his work with John Coltrane could be studied and analyzed the way entire catalogs of music get dissected by critics. He was neither sated nor satisfied though, so he kept pushing and his work became increasingly ambitious, wide in scope and rewarding
Tuesday, May 3 2011
Ernest Dawkins may have started the New Horizons Ensemble in 1978, but they're still thinking about those new horizons.