Bill ’s Contributions
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...
Wide-ranging setlist hits "Bright Size Life," Metheny/Mehldau cuts
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
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Bill Beuttler joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 13, 2008