Mike Joyce

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06/30/16    Albums

Full Circle
Brian Bromberg

How’s this for a back story: After suffering a career-halting spine injury, bassist Brian Bromberg has released Full Circle , his first CD in four years and the only one to feature him collaborating, via some cleverly reconfigured and refurbished acetates...


03/13/16    Albums

When You Wish Upon a Star
Bill Frisell

Had it been released a few months ago, this CD would have made a perfect holiday gift for the Frisell fan who can’t get enough TMC. Yet another example of the prolific guitarist’s imagination and wanderlust, When You Wish Upon a Star is proof that going...


02/25/16    Albums

Stanley Clarke/Bireli Lagrene/Jean-Luc Ponty

Not for nothing is the opener on this all-star acoustic summit titled “Stretch.” Composed by guitarist Biréli Lagrène, it’s an exceedingly limber foray into swing and blues, a performance that establishes this session’s high standards with audacious verve...


02/09/16    Albums

Antonio Hart

After hearing Blessings , soul-jazz fans of a certain age will likely find themselves counting their own. Then again, even the uninitiated may be similarly inclined. Beginning with a wonderfully evocative take on Jack McDuff’s “Rock Candy,” saxophonist Antonio...


01/20/16    Albums

Turning Towards the Light
Adam Rudolph Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra

Guitar orchestras are not all that uncommon around the world, but Adam Rudolph’s ensemble is decidedly unlike any other. For one thing, the 11 musicians who perform on Turning Towards the Light are notable recording artists and bandleaders in their own right...


01/14/16    Albums

Out of the Blue
Raoul Björkenheim ECsTaSy

Critics have heaped lavish praise on guitarist Raoul Björkenheim’s curious brand of improvised jazz, and understandably so, even if commonly drawn parallels (Ayler, Coleman, Coltrane, Mahavishnu, Hendrix, Fela, et al.) only serve to underscore the audacious...


11/10/15    Albums

The Real Thing
Eric Alexander

Soulful, songful and so clearly a recording made by musicians with common roots and an uncommon level of rapport, The Real Thing won’t disappoint fans of straight-ahead jazz that projects a timeless allure. The opening cut, the album’s title track, could...


10/29/15    Albums

The Evolution of Oneself
Orrin Evans

Some jazz pairings seem all but inevitable until they prove stubbornly elusive. So it’s great to see two of Philly’s best, pianist Orrin Evans and bassist Christian McBride, finally collaborate on a CD—and an audacious one at that, featuring drummer Karriem...


10/05/15    Albums

Swing Zing!
Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo

Where precisely does swing give way to zing on this collection of mostly guitar duets? Look no further than those performances that demand virtuosic technique from veteran guitarist Frank Vignola and his well-matched compatriots. Vignola and fellow guitarist...


09/24/15    Albums

Mike LeDonne

Fans of vintage soul-jazz organ combos are not only likely to concur with the title of keyboardist Mike LeDonne’s latest release, they may even find the album worthy of an additional exclamation point or two. It’s soulful, Hammond B-3 stuff, all right, from...


09/17/15    Albums

Play a Bill Frisell Set List
Michael Gibbs & the NDR Bigband

Throughout Bill Frisell’s prolific recording career, what goes around tends to come around, as youthful encounters and long-held fascinations inspire new studio projects and concert collaborations. Serendipity played a significant role in the guitarist’s...


08/23/15    Albums

Andy Brown

When programming the selection of tunes on his latest CD, Soloist , Chicago-based guitarist Andy Brown couldn’t have chosen a more enticing opener than his fingerstyle take on “Dancing in the Dark.” Or a more telling one, for it certainly suggests pleasures...


08/12/15    Albums

Diga Diga Doo: Hot Music from Chicago
Marty Grosz/Fat Babies

Fledgling jazz musicians take note. In his annotations to this lighthearted collection of vintage tunes, Marty Grosz, the 85-year-old guitarist, banjoist, crooner and raconteur, offers some sage advice: “I suggest that you take up an instrument, study and...


07/24/15    Albums

A Million Colors in Your Mind
Cyrus Chestnut

There’s nothing quite like the sound of pianist Cyrus Chestnut hammering his way through a five chord in a climactic turnaround, as if to underscore his abiding affection for blues and gospel traditions. It evokes images of a smiling slugger rounding third...


06/16/15    Albums

Jerry Bergonzi

For someone who’s always been reluctant to tout his skills as a composer, Boston-based saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi certainly knows how to write to his strengths.Hard-charging, riff-based tunes prove that time and again here, providing bracing impetus for...


06/14/15    Albums

Deja Vu
Peter and Will Anderson

On this thoroughly entertaining quintet session, twins Will and Peter Anderson team up with one of the most renowned and beloved siblings in jazz history, drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath, who turns 80 on May 31. No surprise, then, that the young reedmen sound...

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