Tenor saxophonist Harry Allen’s discography is filled with tribute albums, to personal heroes ranging from Billy Strayhorn to Zoot Sims, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Henry Mancini. Two of the heroes on For George, Cole and Duke have already been subjects of...
Uncompromising, influential "pianists' pianist"
Daughter of Nat “King” Cole won nine Grammys
Back in the mid- to late ’60s, when he was in with the in crowd, Ramsey Lewis, first with his trio and then on his own, was the rare jazz artist to place a number of both singles and albums in the upper reaches of the Billboard charts, largely on the strength...
Early in his career, Randy Brecker learned something important: When you’re as adaptable—and as talented—as he is, you can get lots of work. The trumpeter, often in tandem with his late saxophonist brother Michael, performed sideman duties on hundreds of...
Keiko Matsui’s 2013 Soul Quest album was particularly important to the Tokyo-born pianist, not only because it celebrated the 25th anniversary of her debut U.S. release but also because she made it following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated...
The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra’s slogan, displayed prominently at the top of the non-profit organization’s homepage, is “Where the Passion of Jazz meets the Power of an Orchestra.” Put together with the title of this set, Looking Forward, Looking Back , it’s...
On the Mack Avenue Superband’s third consecutive live recording from the Detroit Jazz Festival, there are no big surprises. But there are a couple of little ones. You know what you’re going to get when you give the 2014 edition a spin: all-star performances...
Ron Carter has been one of the most prolific musicians in jazz for more than 50 years, working within nearly every conceivable configuration (his press bio says he’s appeared on 2,500 recordings). But, for whatever reason, the big-band format had largely...
$50.000 grant will aid saxophonist in creating interdisciplinary works
When Sun Ra and the Arkestra first performed in Istanbul, in 1990, some three years before their namesake’s death, they caused quite a stir. Decked out in full space-cadet costuming, the flamboyant collective played on the back of a flatbed truck, attracting...
Songwriter, producer and musician felled by heart attack while on tour in Europe
When you consider how difficult it is to get any film produced and into distribution these days—let alone one about a jazz musician—it’s quite something that Low Down made it to the finish line. Joe Albany is hardly a household name, and his story isn’t...
The bassist lifts up the life and work of late guitarist Jef Lee Johnson
A consummate hipster who took risks in his singing
Love and Soul is a natural, if not as satisfying, sequel to The Mosaic Project , the 2011 release that won drummer and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington a Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy the following year. That maiden entry found Carrington steering an all...
About Jeff Tamarkin
Jeff Tamarkin joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008