Mike Joyce

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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...


08/09/11    Albums

The New York Sessions
Bill Allred

A sunny and swinging mood elevates The New York Sessions , which teams Bill Allred with his son and fellow trombonist John. Of course, you might surmise that joyful feel by glancing at the list of tunes performed by the Allreds and a cozy circle of friends...


07/24/11    Albums

Running Man
Avery Sharpe

Anyone who had the pleasure of hearing Avery Sharpe collaborate with McCoy Tyner in concert during their long association is aware of the bassist’s ability to move from the role of light-fingered accompanist to commanding soloist with great charm and deceptive...


07/15/11    Albums

No Need for Words
Sean Jones

Love is a dynamic and multifaceted force, as trumpeter Sean Jones sees it, so this concept album isn’t exactly one big bouquet of rosy ballads. Near the end of the disc, for example, you’ll encounter “Love’s Fury,” a performance that Jones intended to make...


07/03/11    Overdue Ovation

Gene Bertoncini: The Jazz-Bossa-Classical Connection

Profile of veteran jazz guitarist


06/11/11    Albums

Midnight at Nola’s Penthouse
Scott Hamilton & Rossano Sportiello

Given the extraordinary array of musicians he’s collaborated with over the years, it’s easy to endorse saxophonist Scott Hamilton’s choices when it comes to selecting session mates. This collaboration with pianist Rossano Sportiello represents one more savvy...


05/25/11    Albums

Sign of Life
Bill Frisell

Will Sign of Life generate nearly as much media coverage as guitarist Bill Frisell’s upcoming John Lennon tribute, due out in the fall? Fat chance. Still, Frisell’s second recording with his 858 Quartet deserves surplus recognition and exposure. Like its...


05/21/11    Albums

Lisa Hilton

There’s a quote in the press materials touting pianist Lisa Hilton’s Underground that’s borne out by the nine performances on the recording. “I don’t aspire to be Miles, Muddy or Monk,” says Hilton, “but I do reference these beloved composers.” And significant...


May 2011    Albums

I Remember Django
Howard Alden

I Remember Django scarcely qualifies as a hard sell. Guitarist Django Reinhardt’s legacy, after all, has long been a sweet spot for Howard Alden, the renowned seven-string disciple with a track record that speaks eloquently for itself. If Woody Allen hadn’t...


May 2011    Albums

Live From New York
Andy LaVerne & John Abercrombie

Just piano and guitar: Can Andy LaVerne and John Abercrombie go on meeting this way? If we’re lucky, they will. Their occasional alliances, in both duo and quartet settings, go back 20 years now and continue to produce quietly compelling programs blending...

May 2011    Albums

A Time for Love
Marcus Printup

On the cover of A Time for Love , Marcus Printup is pictured holding his trumpet in one hand while resting the other on the neck of a harp. Wondering what sets this collection of pop standards apart from innumerable other collections? Look no further. Nothing...

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