Shaun Brady

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07/23/12    Albums

Me, Myself & I
Kenny Werner

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...

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07/05/12    Features

The Best of Tim Berne

A brief guide to the saxophonist's most notable work

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07/05/12    Albums

Overseas IV
Eivind Opsvik

It’s become commonplace to speak of open-minded progressive jazz composers as looking simultaneously forward and backward, reaching into the past while pushing into the future. The time span in question, however, can typically be measured in decades, spanning...

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06/27/12    Albums

The Tip of the Sword
Conrad Herwig, Richie Beirach, Jack DeJohnette

Much of trombonist Conrad Herwig’s activity in recent years has been focused on exploring the so-called Latin side of jazz giants like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock. Though not without their charms, those albums’ central concept...

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06/06/12    Albums

Dialect Fluorescent
Steve Lehman

The picture most often drawn of the modern jazz landscape is one of schism, a split between heart and head. On the one hand are the traditionalists, keeping the flame of swing and standards burning; on the other the intellectuals, rejoicing in complexity...

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05/29/12    Albums

UchŪ
Herculaneum

On their fifth release, a vinyl LP and digital download, the Chicago-based sextet Herculaneum has grown into a taut, high-impact unit, its four-horn frontline weaving together into a formidable and flexible vehicle for the band’s hard-charging grooves. This...

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05/27/12    Albums

Nocturnal Prophecy
John O’Gallagher/Vardan Ovsepian

Best listened to with the lights down low, this duo set from saxophonist John O’Gallagher and Armenian-born pianist Vardan Ovsepian travels through a variety of byways, peering into the shadows beyond the streetlight’s halo and down alleys that come alive...

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05/21/12    Albums

Trio Libero
Andy Sheppard/Michael Benita/Sebastian Rochford

Freedom, in the context of jazz, can often mean anarchy, a complete break from structure and restraint. But for the trio of saxophonist Andy Sheppard, bassist Michael Benita and drummer Sebastian Rochford, freedom—which recurs, in various Italian forms...

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05/16/12    Albums

Book of Mae’bul (Another Kind of Sunrise)
Darius Jones Quartet

The third chapter of his sonic autobiography finds Darius Jones bringing his story up to the present, translating the events surrounding the saxophonist’s 2005 move to New York and emergence on the wider jazz scene. Where his two previous entries, 2009’s...

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05/14/12    Albums

The Next Page
Eri Yamamoto Trio

Though recorded in a Brooklyn studio, the Eri Yamamoto Trio’s latest release is intended to approximate as closely as possible a live nightclub performance. How closely? The disc’s seventh track consists only of 60 seconds of silence, a pseudo-intermission...

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05/08/12    Albums

Sketches and Ballads
Full Blast & Friends

It sounds like a question the lads from Spinal Tap would have asked: “How do you get more full blast than full blast?” But the trio of multireedist and free-jazz icon Peter Brötzmann, electric bassist Marino Pliakas and drummer Michael Wertmüller offers...

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03/26/12    Albums

Crossroads Unseen
Jason Kao Hwang/Edge

The third outing by adventurous violinist Jason Kao Hwang’s avant-chamber-jazz group Edge, Crossroads Unseen , consists of five pieces showcasing the stunning extended vocabulary of each member of the quartet. The seemingly narrow palette of violin/viola...

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03/22/12    Overdue Ovation

Overdue Ovation: Dave Burrell

The Art of War

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02/22/12    Albums

Live At the South Bank
Kieran Hebden/Steve Reid/ Mats Gustafsson

It serves as a fitting testament to drummer Steve Reid’s expansive imagination that a career beginning with James Brown and Horace Silver progressed to the point where his final years were spent in intense communication with the novel sounds of a British...

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02/08/12    Features

Vijay Iyer: 21st Century Jazzman

The prolific pianist isn't trying to change the world; he just doesn't want to be bored

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01/11/12    Albums

Suno Suno
Rez Abbasi's Invocation

Don’t get hung up on the fact that Rez Abbasi’s new album is being touted as his attempt to blend jazz and the devotional Qawwali music of his native Pakistan. Suno Suno is hardly another world-music hybrid grafting the surface trappings of one tradition...

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Shaun Brady joined the JazzTimes community on Jun 17, 2008