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01/20/14    Albums

Adopted Highway
Dave King Trucking Company

Dave King Trucking Company—King (of the Bad Plus fame) on “drums and cymbals,” Erik Fratzke on electric guitar, Adam Linz on acoustic bass, Chris Speed and Brandon Wozniak on tenor saxes—is back at it with a second album, Adopted Highway —“it” meaning playfully...


12/21/13    Albums

Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project
Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd

Pianist Vijay Iyer’s third collaboration with hip-hop artist Mike Ladd started in 2009, when they began interviewing post-9/11 military veterans about their dreams. “Everyone dreams,” the duo explains in album notes, “but PTSD nightmares and stress dreams...


12/17/13    Albums

Free Flying
Fred Hersch & Julian Lage

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...


12/03/13    Albums

Piano Sutras
Matthew Shipp

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...


11/30/13    Concerts

Concert Review: Wayne Shorter Quartet at Symphony Hall, Boston

Still adventurous, if not always transcendent


11/25/13    Concerts

Concert Review: Fred Hersch and Julian Lage in Boston, 11-21-13

Keyboardist and guitarist are a well-matched pair


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...

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About Bill Beuttler

Bill Beuttler joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 13, 2008