Bill Beuttler

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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


08/08/12    Concerts

Review: Newport Jazz Festival 2012

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


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...


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...


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


05/02/12    Concerts

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

A triumphant homecoming for the Grammy winner and rising star


03/25/12    Albums

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...


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...


02/06/12    Concerts

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

A Monk-inspired rumination worth rejoicing over


02/02/12    Albums

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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About Bill Beuttler

Bill Beuttler joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 13, 2008