Mike Joyce

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05/23/12    Albums

The L.A. Sessions
Mark Sherman

If vibraphonist Mark Sherman sounds thoroughly relaxed yet engaged on this quartet offering, consider the company he’s keeping: guitarist John Chiodini, drummer Charles Ruggiero and keyboardist Bill Cunliffe, this time around on Hammond B3 organ. Of course...


05/10/12    Albums

Echoes of Indiana Avenue
Wes Montgomery

Imagine an episode of History Detectives , the popular PBS program, devoted to examining a recently discovered stash of seminal recordings by the late jazz great Wes Montgomery. The provenance? The players? The circumstances? The guitars? Those are just...


04/24/12    Albums

Live at Bird's Eye
Hendrik Meurkens

“I’ll grab the harmonica, you haul the vibraphone.” No doubt multi-instrumentalist Hendrik Meurkens has offered that suggestion or something akin to it following a concert in which he demonstrated his mastery of instruments alternately compact and cumbersome—concerts...


04/23/12    Albums

Triple Play Plus Three
Bill O'Connell

Apparently pianist Bill O’Connell can’t get enough of the reconfigured trio format he explored on his 2008 release Triple Play , a bass-less session with conguero Richie Flores and flutist Dave Valentin. On Triple Play Plus Three , Flores and Valentin join...


04/04/12    Albums

Live at Smalls
Bernstein/ Goldings/ Stewart

The organ-trio tradition continues


03/25/12    Albums

Listen Here
Vic Juris

The title of this trio date extends an invitation that fans of organ combos shouldn’t pass up. But it also offers a clue as to what rewards await listeners. The album’s title track, after all, is an Eddie Harris classic that demands a soulful performance...


03/22/12    Albums

Speak to Me
Marc Copland/John Abercrombie

The arrival of this superb collection of duets from pianist Marc Copland and guitarist John Abercrombie isn’t exactly surprising, given the unmistakable compatibility they’ve demonstrated in other settings. But that doesn’t make the CD’s nine performances...


01/28/12    Albums

Armen Donelian

The title of Armen Donelian’s new recording invites some guesswork until you flip the CD jacket and find a short note from the veteran pianist-composer: “Leapfrog is a game with no winners or losers. Everyone is in it for the fun. I like this approach to...


12/24/11    Albums

John Basile

Is it possible to overstate John Basile’s flair for the understated? Odds are fans of melodically alluring jazz guitar will be tempted to do just that after giving Amplitudes a spin. This collection of mostly pop and jazz standards is quiet testimony to...


11/23/11    Albums

Mistaken Identity
Jay Ashby/Steve Davis

Sure, the fine print on this double trombone session is helpful. Pan right to hear Jay Ashby in the mix; pan left to hear Steve Davis. But after isolating the principal identities on Mistaken Identity with a little knob-twirling, just sit back and enjoy...


11/21/11    Albums

Tenderly: Solo Guitar Concert
Kenny Burrell

There are solo recordings and then there are solo recordings. On Tenderly , guitarist, arranger, composer and occasional vocalist Kenny Burrell takes care of everything but the catering. This is a casually paced, evocatively arranged tour de force collecting...


10/10/11    Albums

Shot Through with Beauty
John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet

Fans of John Scofield’s ’90s recordings should find much to enjoy on Shot Through With Beauty , and not merely because the album features a new quartet led by guitarist John Stowell and saxophonist Michael Zilber personalizing two sharply contrasting Scofield...


09/09/11    Albums

Two Hick for the Room
Cow Bop

With cover art that is bound to amuse fans of cartoonist Gary Larson, Cow Bop’s third release has a lot going for it even before the band kicks up some dust with the help of four special guest riders: pianist Roger Kellaway, saxophonist Allen Mezquida, trombonist...


08/31/11    Albums

Pure Imagination
Dave Valentin

Colorful and percussive, this Latin-jazz quintet session, featuring the seasoned pairing of flutist Dave Valentin and pianist Bill O’Connell, goes Hollywood now and then. The first stop is Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile,” with a multifaceted arrangement that sports...


08/29/11    Albums

Recorded Live April 8, 2008: Koger Hall, University of South Carolina
Walt Weiskopf Quartet

This live set marks tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf’s first concert release, which may come as news to some listeners given his long and prolific recording career. But more significantly, the album is dedicated to—and animated by—the late drummer Tony Reedus...


08/14/11    Albums

Back in the Saddle Again
“Buck” Pizzarelli and the West Texas Tumbleweeds

Looks like guitarist “Buck”—better known as “Bucky” to city slickers—Pizzarelli couldn’t be happier out on the range, riding alongside a new sidekick, Jamaican-born jazz keyboardist and, yes, longtime country music fan Monty Alexander. Some matches are made...

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