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...
03/22/12 Overdue Ovation
The Art of War
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...
The prolific pianist isn't trying to change the world; he just doesn't want to be bored
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...
A loving tribute, recorded prior to the legend's death but released afterward
Shaun Brady reviews 'Insomnia,' the new release by saxophonist Tim Berne
11/16/11 Overdue Ovation
A Zen master relishes the here and now
Shaun Brady reviews new album from saxophonist Tim Berne, drummer Jim Black and guitarist Nels Cline
Tim Berne’s prodigious discography is mostly stocked with collections of his monumentally scaled compositions, sprawling musical roadmaps for laborious treks through ever-changing landscapes. These two new releases, however, are both wholly improvised sessions...
Gordon Goodwin and the Big Phat Band make big-band music for the masses
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
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Shaun Brady joined the JazzTimes community on Jun 17, 2008