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Stanley Crouch’s much-anticipated biography of Charlie Parker is finally here. Or rather, the first of two scheduled volumes has arrived, this installment bringing Bird from his Kansas City roots to the cusp of stardom and the creation of bebop in New York...
Leo Genovese’s third album as a leader is an arty mix of spirited acoustic jazz and eclectic, electronically enhanced experimentation. The gifted Argentine keyboardist is best known for his work touring and recording with Esperanza Spalding, and she returns...
A jumbo block party in the midst of Boston
It could turn out that the best live jazz album released in the U.S. this year will be one recorded at a British pizza joint in 2011. That was when pianist Aruán Ortiz and bassist Michael Janisch brought their co-led quintet—an international ensemble featuring...
Solo-piano albums are usually the work of the most talented and audacious of pianists. Think Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Cecil Taylor and Keith Jarrett. Or recent solo efforts from Vijay Iyer, Geri Allen, Fred Hersch and Craig Taborn. Or, now, the new Sunnyside...
Cuban pianist’s brief debut U.S. tour ends Friday in Cambridge
Will Martina is among the cellists who have performed with jazz composer par excellence Henry Threadgill—hence the tribute “Thanks, Henry” on Modular Living by Design , Martina’s third album as a leader and second with pianist Jason Lindner and drummer Richie...
Noah Preminger’s worthy follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2011 album, Before the Rain , is richly rewarding stuff, but the young tenor saxophonist is backed this time by the three new sidemen rounding out his current quartet. The big change is the switch...
The new live album from Grace Kelly opens with “Please Don’t Box Me In,” the alto saxophone prodigy signaling her Esperanza Spalding-sized ambition to add singing and songwriting to her portfolio. That particular tune’s ambitiousness, ironically, makes it...
Looking frail, but still playing brilliantly
'Identities are Changeable: Tales from the Diaspora' examines Puerto Rican roots
Talented musicians are working hard to make jazz popular again. Robert Glasper and Esperanza Spalding put out pop-oriented albums last year, and now comes ELEW, as Eric Lewis has rechristened himself, with Rockjazz Vol. 2 . ELEW chucked his given name and...
The trumpeter is joined on hymns from his new album ‘Be Still’ by singer Aoife O’Donovan
Somerville Theatre, Somerville, Mass., November 3, 2012
Bill Beuttler reports on the highlights from Rhode Island; photos by Ken Franckling
Alto saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky’s aptly titled new album is a delectable tribute to nine great composers. The Russian émigré tackles tunes written by a roughly even mix of familiar giants (Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Ornette Coleman, Duke...
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Bill Beuttler joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 13, 2008