Bill ’s Contributions
Pianist Fred Hersch and guitarist Julian Lage are similarly masterful players and likeminded souls. Though primarily jazz improvisers, they share affinities for new collaborations, classical forms and soft yet intense dynamics. If they’re more than a generation...
Matthew Shipp kicked up an Internet fuss recently with a dismissive Talkhouse review of Keith Jarrett’s trio album Somewhere . Reflecting on Jarrett’s solo piano recordings of the 1970s, Shipp wrote, “He never seemed to me to have sculpted a specific language...
Still adventurous, if not always transcendent
Keyboardist and guitarist are a well-matched pair
Phenomenal young singer is equally savvy with standards and originals
The past couple of years have seen the late, great trumpeter Woody Shaw belatedly receive more well-deserved recognition. Last year Sony Legacy brought out The Complete Woody Shaw Columbia Albums Collection , a six-CD box set of his 1977-1981 run with that...
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
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Bill Beuttler joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 13, 2008