Bill ’s Contributions
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...
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...
Robert Glasper is going to make the jazz world safe for hip-hop and R&B—and vice versa
A triumphant homecoming for the Grammy winner and rising star
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...
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...
A Monk-inspired rumination worth rejoicing over
Bill Beuttler reviews the saxophonist's latest
A rising star guitarist and his new trio ring in the new year in style
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...
A double-bill features two of today's best
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...
Bill Beuttler reviews the new release from keyboardist Sam Yahel, 'From Sun to Sun'
Bill Beuttler reviews the latest release from piano great Cedar Walton
Drummer's first album as leader is "fresh, powerful stuff"
Bring three of jazz’s brightest stars to Havana and pair them with two of Cuba’s best young pianists and their quartets. It took a year to make it happen, but that was the drill for Ninety Miles , the multimedia brainchild of Concord Music Group’s John Burk...
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Bill Beuttler joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 13, 2008