Bill ’s Contributions
Saxophonist assembles all-star, younger cast for new album
Terri Lyne Carrington, James Farm, Danilo Pérez and Gary Burton highlight this versatile fest
When Bill Mays took over the piano chair in the Phil Woods Quintet for the departing Bill Charlap a few years ago, Woods began thinking he and Mays should record a duo album. This past September they spent three hours doing so, and Woods & Mays is the result...
Gerald Wilson’s new album, Legacy , is aptly titled. His son Anthony Wilson and grandson Eric Otis each contribute a composition to the project, which is anchored by Wilson’s own seven-part suite Yes Chicago Is… , a celebration of his home through much of...
Pianist Benny Green explains in the notes accompanying his new album that it’s his first trio recording as a leader in 10 years. “I just wasn’t motivated to have a band,” he writes, and it’s tempting to think he spent the time sulking, Achilles-like, because...
Bruce Barth is a jazzman’s jazzman (and a pianist’s pianist) in much the same way certain authors are known as writer’s writers: much-admired by his peers and the cognoscenti but largely unknown to the wider public. Still, even without the recognition he...
Bill Beuttler reviews new album from saxophonist who showcases orchestral and solo work
There was a time not so long ago when merging jazz with other genres tended to involve either fusing it with rock rhythms or going a more European-classical route (à la artists associated with the ECM label). These days, though, musicians are casting wider...
An early favorite for best live release of 2011, Live at Birdland documents extended improvisations on a half-dozen jazz and pop standards over two nights in December 2009. Lee Konitz, Charlie Haden and Brad Mehldau had done something similar in Los Angeles...
May 2011 Albums
Bill Beuttler reviews album that pays tribute to Duke Ellington's Such Sweet Thunder, originally a tribute to Shakespeare
April 2011 Albums
Newly minted NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman has been releasing a lot of albums lately. Now here’s another one too good to let pass without mention, on which Liebman and his longstanding quartet successfully take on the music of Ornette Coleman. Liebman’s album...
December 2010 Albums
To suffer the death of a child, writes Kenny Werner in the notes to “No Beginning, No End,” is “the worst nightmare of a parent’s life.” Werner knows that anguish intimately: His only child, Katheryn, was killed in an auto accident four years ago at age...
November 2010 Albums
Trombonist Conrad Herwig has collected three Grammy nominations by Latinizing the music of important jazz modernists, beginning with John Coltrane and following with Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter. No surprise, then, that he’s at it again with The Latin Side...
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Bill Beuttler joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 13, 2008