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Once again, drummer Ralph Peterson pays fine homage to Art Blakey's tradition of joyous, hard-edged bashing jazz.
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Vince Mendoza’s colorful arrangements give us a welcome new way to appreciate Fred Hersch’s impressive creativity -- his amply satisfying accomplishments as a composer.
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Trumpeter Jason Palmer's mastery is of the unimposing kind, which this piano-less quartet seamlessly reflects.
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Rosa Parks: Pure Love is a serious, substantial, and long work, alternately harsh and calming, one that I am sure should be seen as well as heard.
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Trumpeter Jason Palmer is a master of rhythmic displacement.
Quite properly, Miles Evans evokes rather than mimics his dad’s arrangements on this excellent disc.
This set is surely one of the finds of the year.
One of the distinguishing characteristics of this set is the smart, energetic, and ever-changing, relationship between bass and drums.
Daniel Carter's disc revolves, splendidly, around a process of self-discovery.
Don Byron's repertoire doesn’t just focus on the bebop era -- nor is it self-consciously hip.
The latest big band album from Mark Masters beautifully displays his eclectic tastes and deep knowledge of jazz history.
Tyshawn Sorey flies far from his innovative masters. I hardly expected that the result would be so mesmerizing and alive.
This fascinating documentary should be compelling to guitarists and to jazz fans in general.
Newvelle Records' taste seems to be flawless.
The venerable trombonist's fine new album mostly contains ballads and features an all-star rhythm section.
This disc is mainly a showcase for guitarist Nels Cline’s compositions as well as his cleverness at commanding group improvisation.
Every guitarist should listen carefully to this album. And then maybe some Johnny Smith.
Ronnie Cuber makes the high-speed acceleration sound lyrical as well as virtuosic; the band obliges with solos that come off as much more than your standard bop band running the changes.
Miguel Zenón's extraordinary writing for strings and saxophone makes use of ever-changing textures generated out of jazz, Puerto Rican folk, and classical music.
You might argue that this session was forgotten, but this new release shouldn’t be thought of as lost -- because no one was looking for it
Nightconcert contains enough that is new and fresh to make this album one of the exciting discoveries of the year.
One of the most astonishing sets of my week in Montreal featured two Frenchmen, accordionist Vincent Peirani and soprano saxophonist Émile Parisien.
Among the festival's highlights: pianist-singer Jeremy Dutcher, who arrived on the stage of the tiny club Gesu dressed in shorts and a long flowing black robe with a hood.
Pianist Harold López-Nussa is his own bold and expressive rhythm section.
There are no missteps on this disc. Buster Williams and company make all the complications swing, mightily.
Juan Andrés Ospina is not just an original big band writer, but a deeply satisfying one as well.
One doesn’t have to have gone too deeply into Buddhism to recognize its influence on the titles found here, and perhaps on the music as well.
Indo-Pak Coalition's energized music and performance somehow manages to square the circle -- it is as engaging as it is songful and intelligent.
For poet Philip Levine, music is not only a good thing in life: the good things in life are music.
One marvels at Bill Frisell’s improvisations, which can be both surprising and songful. Bill Frisell: Music IS (Okeh/Sony Masterworks) By Michael Ullman In 1982, after having recorded with…
Three jazz singers go outside of the Great American Songbook -- with entrancing results.