Bill ’s Contributions
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...
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...
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...
Looking frail, but still playing brilliantly
'Identities are Changeable: Tales from the Diaspora' examines Puerto Rican roots
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...
The trumpeter is joined on hymns from his new album ‘Be Still’ by singer Aoife O’Donovan
Somerville Theatre, Somerville, Mass., November 3, 2012
Bill Beuttler reports on the highlights from Rhode Island; photos by Ken Franckling
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
About Bill Beuttler
Bill Beuttler joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 13, 2008