Bill Beuttler

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02/13/13    Albums

Rockjazz Vol. 2
Elew

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

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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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08/08/12    Concerts

Review: Newport Jazz Festival 2012

Bill Beuttler reports on the highlights from Rhode Island; photos by Ken Franckling

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06/18/12    Albums

The Composers
Dmitry Baevsky

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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06/12/12    Albums

Friendly Fire
Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring

It’s been more than half a century since hard bop was born and blossomed. Despite the inevitable passing of many of its creators and brightest lights, the form remains alive and kicking on certain nights in certain clubs. For proof, consider Friendly Fire...

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06/04/12    Features

Robert Glasper: Renegade of Funk

Robert Glasper is going to make the jazz world safe for hip-hop and R&B—and vice versa

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05/02/12    Concerts

Concert Review: Esperanza Spalding, Orpheum Theatre, Boston, April 22

A triumphant homecoming for the Grammy winner and rising star

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03/25/12    Albums

Yes!
Ali Jackson/Aaron Goldberg/Omer Avital

This deeply satisfying collaboration of drummer Ali Jackson, pianist Aaron Goldberg and bassist Omer Avital was a long time coming. They’ve known and worked with one another for a couple of decades, having crossed paths in school, in assorted bands, on the...

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02/24/12    Albums

Three Views
Dave Douglas

Dave Douglas is relentlessly innovative. In 2005, the trumpeter launched his Greenleaf Music label to keep pace with his huge compositional output and to get his music to listeners more efficiently. This summer came the cloud-based Greenleaf Portable Series...

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02/06/12    Concerts

Jason Moran & the Big Bandwagon: Boston, February 2, 2012

A Monk-inspired rumination worth rejoicing over

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02/02/12    Albums

Samdhi
Rudresh Mahanthappa

Bill Beuttler reviews the saxophonist's latest

01/12/12    Concerts

Julian Lage Trio in Boston, Dec. 31, 2011

A rising star guitarist and his new trio ring in the new year in style

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01/09/12    Albums

ConClave Vol. 2
Brian Lynch and Spheres of Influence

Trumpeter Brian Lynch’s latest release with his Spheres of Influence band demonstrates the state of jazz bilingualism. The jazz spheres that influenced Lynch most heavily—straight-ahead hard bop and Latin—are personified in two heroes who employed him early...

12/14/11    Concerts

Miguel Zenón/Vijay Iyer @ Berklee, 12/9/11

A double-bill features two of today's best

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11/16/11    Albums

Good Old Light
Dave King Trucking Company

Dave King’s career sounds as ferociously energized as his playing. Best known for his high-octane drumming with the Bad Plus, King also belongs to eight other bands, according to his website. If that weren’t enough, last year he released a solo album of...

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Bill Beuttler joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 13, 2008