Bill Meredith

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December 2008    Albums

Leucocyte
E.S.T.

If ever there was a bittersweet listen, it’s Leucocyte, the final studio CD by E.S.T. The trio was named for Esbjörn Svensson, the Swedish bandleader and keyboardist who died in a scuba diving accident near Stockholm in June at age 44. He left behind a wife...

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December 2008    Albums

Heartfelt
Christian Howes

Violinists often appear to be square pegs when trying to fit into jazz, since most, like their instruments, have classical backgrounds. Christian Howes offers up a curious attempt to bridge the classical-jazz gap on his latest release, Heartfelt, but then...

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December 2008    Albums

Stones World
Tim Ries

Saxophonist Tim Ries can’t be criticized for being all over the place on his latest release, the double-CD Stones World. That was his intention. A member of the Rolling Stones’ touring band since 1999, Ries interprets a dozen of the group’s tunes here, with...

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November 2008    Gearhead

Sabian Vault Crossover Ride Cymbal

Founded in 1981, the Canadian company Sabian is the fledgling among the world’s four leading cymbal manufacturers, predated by earlier 20th-century European innovators Paiste and Meinl and venerable 17th-century cymbal godfather Zildjian. Robert Zildjian...

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November 2008    Albums

Alone Together
Tim Hagans

Veteran trumpeter Tim Hagans always displays an expressive tone, whether on burning postbop numbers or decelerated ballads, and he wastes no time in showing both extremes on the new Alone Together. Along with pianist Marc Copland, bassist Drew Gress and...

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November 2008    Albums

Wine and Pickles
Mike Keneally

Few artists can make a coherent CD with outtakes from a decade’s worth of previous releases. But very few musicians are capable of the ambidexterity of Southern California multi-instrumentalist Mike Keneally, who refers to Wine and Pickles in its liner notes...

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November 2008    DVDs

Imaginary Day Live
Pat Metheny Group

Guitarist Pat Metheny thumbed his nose at the recording industry in 1994 with the CD Zero Tolerance for Silence, but its 40 minutes of white-noise feedback proved a point. Metheny knew he was popular enough for a major label like Geffen not to release it...

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October 2008    Artist Profiles

Flecktone Jeff Coffin: Constant Change

Saxophonist Jeff Coffin has recorded with his Mu’tet band every few years since joining Béla Fleck and the Flecktones in 1997, and arranged solo touring dates around that quartet’s schedule. Such was the plan this year after the release of his stellar new...

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October 2008    Features

Randy Brecker: Saudades

Only rare musicians can claim enough recording credits to warrant discographies of more than a few pages. Trumpeter Randy Brecker has a star-studded, single-spaced, 16-page scroll on his Web site that practically maps the history of recorded music during...

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October 2008    Albums

BANG!
Frank Catalano

Every musician’s playing is an extension of his or her personality, and tenor saxophonist Frank Catalano’s natural exuberance is on display throughout his sixth CD, BANG! The Chicago native draws from a hometown hero in saxophonist Von Freeman, an early...

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September 2008    Albums

The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter
Conrad Herwig

If you don’t recognize Conrad Herwig’s name, it may be because of where he’s from and what he does. But the Oklahoma native’s occupation—professor of jazz trombone, improvisation, and composition/arrangement at Rutgers University in New Jersey—gives a clue...

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September 2008    Albums

Jazz in Bel-Air
Alphonse Mouzon

Alphonse Mouzon may be best known as a charter member of Weather Report, but the drummer’s constant spirit of musical wanderlust has always kept him from having a higher profile. His tenure in the group was brief, a constant throughout a session-heavy 40...

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September 2008    Albums

The Anthology
Return To Forever

Return to Forever was a Latin jazz band in the early 1970s, a fusion act in the mid-’70s, and a big band in the late ’70s, but this is an anthology of only its most commercially successful middle period of 1973-1976. Bandleader Chick Corea, like most personnel...

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August 2008    Albums

Floating Point
John McLaughlin

The first 10 years of British guitarist John McLaughlin’s 40-year career featured some amazing work with Miles Davis, plus groundbreaking solo releases and banner albums with both the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti. That South Indian group released its...

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August 2008    Albums

If People Could Talk
Vic Stevens’ Mistaken Identities

Drummer Vic Stevens has proven to be a fine sideman, particularly with outside-the-box guitarists such as Allan Holdsworth, David Torn and David Fiuczynski. His recording career as a leader, however, hasn’t equaled that success. Whether with the McGill/Manring...

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August 2008    Artist Profiles

George Schuller’s Circle Wide: Round Repertory

Themed tribute CDs have become a popular way for modern jazz artists and recording labels to produce more “hits,” at least those of the Internet era’s search-engine variety. For Brooklyn-based drummer George Schuller’s band, Circle Wide, tributes have less...

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About Bill Meredith

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Native Floridian Bill Meredith started a career as a freelance journalist in 1992, seven years after beginning his career as a drummer, percussionist and vocalist. Aside from occasional sportswriting, his two musical careers have paid the bills ever since. In 2006, he opened for B.B. King with blues band the Hellhounds, a few months after his second interview with Chick Corea.

Meredith has also written for Jazziz, City Link and Closer, and his various bands have opened for Ani DiFranco, Johnny Winter and Warren Hill.

Bill Meredith joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008