Friday, August 16 2013
Darkest of night with the moon shining bright, there's a set goin' strong, lotta things goin' on. The 137th most acclaimed album of all time has an air of great power. The dudes have envied it for so long. Curtis Mayfield's masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.
Monday, July 23 2012
Sometimes a great show can only give you a good CD.
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.
Monday, June 27 2011
We thought Gil Scott-Heron was bulletproof. He wasn’t. We thought he’d know better. He didn’t. He was human. And I‘m New Here, not his greatest work, is his most human work.
Wednesday, September 15 2010
David S. Ware vs. dialysis, Ware wins. We all win. We win free jazz minus the racket. Just pure music.
Wednesday, April 7 2010
Curtis Mayfield penned many of the songs that would become anthems for the civil rights movement. Later in life, however, he would face different challenges, as documented on his heroic 1996 album New World Order.
Tuesday, March 31 2009
William Parker's inventive approach to the current state of jazz music puts him at the forefront of the avant-garde scene.
Tuesday, March 17 2009
As far as long-form improvisation is concerned, this 65-minute live set by drummer Gerald Cleaver, bassist William Parker and pianist Craig Taborn is a success of the highest order.
Tuesday, December 16 2008
More than ever, the best jazz is coming from small labels, and more than ever the best draws a decent slice from the dynamics of rock and pop music without itself being a commercial venture.
Tuesday, November 11 2008
An inside-out jazz pianist, playing duets with the cream of a downtown crop and playing with her trio. All arresting music.