Opening with the brightly hued, somewhat sweet melody of “Hymn for a Hip King,” the latest by Ernest Dawkins’ longstanding New Horizons Ensemble pays apt tribute to the late, great saxophonist Fred Anderson—not coincidentally, the proprietor of the venue...
Patience is a virtue of which Adam Cruz is amply possessed. The release of Milestone , the drummer’s debut CD as a leader, coincides with his 40th birthday, which also marks the 10th anniversary of his role alongside bassist Ben Street in pianist Danilo...
Shaun Brady profiles pianist and his Captain Black Big Band
March 2011 Features
Jacques Coursil’s melancholy trumpet explains human tragedy on Trails of Tears
December 2010 Features
Jazz and silent film collide in Louis and projects by Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot
November 2010 Features
After an enviable career as a sideman and collaborator, 53-year-old drummer Tom Rainey finally makes his debut as a leader
November 2010 Features
Group pays homage to the brilliant composer and soprano saxophonist, sans straight horn
November 2010 Albums
Shaun Brady reviews album featuring collaboration between two saxophonists
October 2010 Features
The blues- and folk-informed Fight the Big Bull makes a go of it from Richmond, Va.
Amid mounting institutional indifference, Geri Allen passes on the lessons that were given to her
September 2010 Albums
No one who caught an earful of Fight the Big Bull’s debut CD, Dying Will Be Easy , will be surprised to learn that Steven Bernstein has come aboard for the band’s sophomore release. Granted, there are few places that the ubiquitous slide trumpeter doesn’t...
Shaun Brady profiles one of jazz’s zaniest figures, who also happens to be one of the music’s most ambitious intellectuals
May 2009 Features
At 80, a master declares, “I don't like to look back.”
March 2009 Features
Jimmy Smith's former drummer helped define the modern organ trio
November 2008 Features
If the coining of the term “punk rock” indicated a stripping away of the stodgy habits and bloated fripperies that were plaguing rock music in the 1970s, then “Punk Bop” seems a fitting sobriquet for the band of young trailblazers that accompany Ari Hoenig...
October 2008 At Home
Plenty of jazz musicians and fans have pictures of Sonny Rollins hanging in their homes. Very few of them, however, choose to hang the legendary saxophonist’s junior-high class photo. But for trombonist Clifton Anderson, the Saxophone Colossus is also known...
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Shaun Brady joined the JazzTimes community on Jun 17, 2008