Bill Beuttler

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11/18/13    Concerts

Review: Cécile McLorin Salvant at Regattabar, Cambridge

Phenomenal young singer is equally savvy with standards and originals


11/15/13    Albums

The Complete Muse Sessions
Woody Shaw

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...


11/05/13    Books

Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and TImes of Charlie Parker
Stanley Crouch

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...


10/12/13    Albums

Leo Genovese

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...


10/01/13    Concerts

Review: Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival 2013

A jumbo block party in the midst of Boston


09/18/13    Albums

Banned in London
Aruan Ortiz & Michael Janisch Quintet

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...


08/25/13    Albums

Laszlo Gardony

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...


06/19/13    Features

Five Questions for Harold López-Nussa

Cuban pianist’s brief debut U.S. tour ends Friday in Cambridge


06/03/13    Albums

Modular Living By Design
Will Martina

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...


05/30/13    Albums

Noah Preminger

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...


05/29/13    Albums

Live at Scullers
Grace Kelly

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...


04/08/13    Concerts

Concert Review: McCoy Tyner Quartet featuring Gary Bartz

Looking frail, but still playing brilliantly


02/25/13    Concerts

Live review: Miguel Zenón Quartet and NEC Jazz Orch. in Boston

'Identities are Changeable: Tales from the Diaspora' examines Puerto Rican roots


02/13/13    Albums

Rockjazz Vol. 2

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...

11/18/12    Concerts

Concert Review: Dave Douglas in Cambridge, 11-15-12

The trumpeter is joined on hymns from his new album ‘Be Still’ by singer Aoife O’Donovan


11/09/12    Concerts

Concert Review: Julian Lage Group/Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio

Somerville Theatre, Somerville, Mass., November 3, 2012

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Bill Beuttler joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 13, 2008