A drummer/bandleader composes from the bottom up
There’s no shortage of documentation of Steve Lacy’s early 1970s work, but that doesn’t make rediscoveries like this 1972 concert from Lisbon any less welcome. This show finds soprano saxophonist Lacy and his quintet in particularly combustible form. The...
The title of U.K. quartet Get the Blessing’s third album, OC DC , explicitly references two of their prime inspirations, Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry. At the same time, it winkingly acknowledges Australia’s greatest hard-rock export. The band’s iridescent...
The trumpeter-composer on his epic masterwork, 'Ten Freedom Summers'
Remarkably, despite their heftily prolific discographies and the fact that their list of collaborators comprises a Venn diagram with little non-overlapping space, Altitude marks the first time that Joe Morris, William Parker and Gerald Cleaver have worked...
While on tour in Australia in January 2007, the Esbjörn Svensson Trio spent two days in Sydney’s Studio 301, jamming in order to workshop new material. Prior to his tragic death in a scuba diving accident a little more than a year later, Svensson had edited...
Composition is a challenging and elusive craft at the best of times, so it’s undeniably impressive that the Proverb Trio can practice it spontaneously with such cohesion and invention. The trio, led by Dafnis Prieto, collectively improvises songs based around...
The adventurous vocalist finds common ground with a free-jazz trio
Multireedist John Surman’s first solo effort in nearly two decades is a deeply autobiographical affair, consciously evoking his youth in the English West Country. The title, Saltash Bells, references the chimes of a church in Cornwall that Surman recalls...
Multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee and Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten have been collaborating for the better part of a decade, chiefly through McPhee’s work with Flaten’s agro-jazz trio The Thing. Their second duo release is a far more restrained...
08/16/12 Overdue Ovation
With 'Mettle,' the guitarist-composer presents a 'journal' with trio
SmallsLIVE was designed to offer listeners without easy access to the Greenwich Village club the opportunity to experience the atmosphere without the travel expenses. Pianist Rick Germanson fully embraces that mission, offering a rough-hewn, feel-over-finesse...
When you’ve developed as distinctive a voice on a particular instrument as Elliott Sharp has on the guitar, it can be dangerous to turn your attention to a completely different one; you run the risk of diluting an individual sound. The ever-prolific Sharp...
Clare Fischer’s 1963 masterwork makes its belated CD debut mere months after the composer-pianist’s death in January. The reissue makes for an eloquent epitaph, a lovely statement of impressionistic West Coast modernism. In Fischer’s arrangements can be...
In the liner notes to his latest CD, Kenny Werner expresses a dislike of performing solo because “there’s no one to react to.” Hence the scarcity of solo outings in the pianist’s considerable discography, which is dominated by his renowned trio work. The...
A brief guide to the saxophonist's most notable work
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Shaun Brady joined the JazzTimes community on Jun 17, 2008