A.D. Amorosi

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August 2008    Albums

Jazz Pictures at an Exhibition of Himalayan Art
Chris Byars

After covering the waterfront of jazz classicists George Shearing, Tadd Dameron and George Gershwin on his first record and conjuring energetic originals with the hard bop of Blue Note’s best on Photos in Black, White and Gray, all-around saxophonist Chris...


June 2008    Albums

Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow
John Ellis & Double Wide

From its gurgling church-stomping start to its swirling noirish finale, everything about sax man and bass clarinetist John Ellis’ new record is joyous and bottom heavy, happily cleaving to its thick grooves like a lion cub pawing at its mom. Though Gary...


June 2008    Albums

Lil Tae Rides Again
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

Nobody ever accused Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey of being unadventurous. For their first studio tanning in three years, Tulsa-raised Brian Haas (keyboards, piano) and Reed Mathis (bass) brought in new drummer Josh Raymer and electronic producer Tae Meyulks to...


June 2008    Albums

Esperanza Spalding

There’s a Latin-jazz revolution going on courtesy of young Esperanza Spalding. And though the Portland composer/bassist/singer’s Esperanza plays more by the rules than they, hers is as formidable a sound as Santogold’s take on reggae-rock or M.I.A.’s look...


May 2008    Albums

David “Fathead” Newman

At 75, Texan tenor/alto saxophonist and flutist David “Fathead” Newman is still kicking muscular licks and humorous asides like a kid hanging with the likes of those he played with throughout his formative years, Lowell Fulson and Ray Charles. Some of the...


May 2008    Albums

Cannon Re-Loaded: An All-Star Celebration of Cannonball Adderley
Various Artists

Once upon a deep, dark mood—Miles’ Kind of Blue, for example—an alto ax-man came calling. His name was Cannonball Adderley, a saxophonist whose exuberant zeal burst through the postbop clutter of the 1950s to create a brand of peppy, happy jazz rimmed eventually...


May 2008    Albums

Droppin’ Science: Greatest Samples From the Blue Note Lab
Various Artists

If you can’t beat them, join in and make money off them like they’ve made cash off you. That’s got to be the theory behind Droppin’ Science. Find the grooviest oft-borrowed masters like trumpeter Donald Byrd, organist Lonnie Smith and other Blue Note legends...


March 2008    Albums

The Orchard
Lizz Wright

From its first track’s atmosphere of lean Hammond B3s, hollowed-pit drum snaps, gristly wah-wah-infused guitars and dusty pedal steel, you can hear that Georgia crooner Lizz Wright’s moved from the R&B rub of previous recordings (Salt) to a different street...


March 2008    Albums

Worrisome Heart
Melody Gardot

There’s the back story of Melody Gardot, the Philadelphia jazz folkie disabled in a car accident: she uses specialized seating, dark glasses and other distractions to comfort her deep pelvic fractures, photosensitivity and the autonomic nervous system dysfunction...


January/February 2008    Albums

The Premonition Years: 1994-2002
Patricia Barber

It was as if a skylark had swallowed a bassoon that first moment singer/pianist Patricia Barber opened her mouth: a blues-hooting, nervously flitting bird with smartly semantic wiseacre lyrics beating her own drum vocally and rhythmically. Forget that her...

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About A.D. Amorosi

A.D. Amorosi joined the JazzTimes community on Jun 13, 2008