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
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
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Shaun Brady joined the JazzTimes community on Jun 17, 2008