Mike Joyce

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04/27/13    Albums

Bringing It Back Home
Robben Ford

There’s a lot to like about this rootsy excursion. First off, the lineup assembled by Robben Ford, the veteran, Grammy-winning guitarist, is top drawer, with trombonist Stephen Baxter, organist Larry Goldings, bassist David Piltch and drummer Harvey Mason...


10/27/12    Albums

The Hot Club of San Francisco
Live at Yoshi's San Francisco

When you’ve been celebrating the legacy of the Quintette du Hot Club de France for as long as these West Coast ensembles have, and as successfully, the question invariably becomes, what’s next? As you might expect, recruiting guitarist Martin Taylor as a...


10/06/12    Albums

Impressions of Curtis Mayfield
Jazz Soul Seven

No doubt some folks will be drawn to this engaging tribute for purely sentimental reasons, but Jazz Soul Seven doesn’t go out of its way to cater to that crowd. In fact, as heartfelt as this 12-tune salute is, what ultimately distinguishes the album is a...


09/29/12    Albums

The Music of Amit Golan
Eddie Henderson & Friends

In light of the circumstances surrounding this midsize combo session, chances are we won’t see another one quite like it. But no doubt there will be forthcoming tributes to the late Israeli pianist, composer and jazz educator Amit Golan. Here’s the backstory...


09/27/12    Albums

Planet Microjam
David Fiuczynski

Planet MicroJam is yet another imaginative product of guitarist-composer David Fiuczynski’s macro-vision. In this instance, his global perspective inspires 11 curious, surprising and often witty sonic excursions. Beethoven rubs—or bumps—shoulders with Sun...


08/16/12    Albums

American Impressions
Lisa Hilton

Don’t let the greeting card sentiment fool you. The title of pianist-composer Lisa Hilton’s latest release isn’t nearly as telling as its supporting lineup: tenor saxophonist JD Allen, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Nasheet Waits. With these musicians...


08/04/12    Albums

Unlock Your Mind
The Soul Rebels

Some New Orleans brass bands have tradition on their side, and some have youth, audacity and seemingly boundless energy. The Soul Rebels fall into the latter category, reveling in a party mix of funk, jazz, pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, rap, dance hall, bounce...


07/25/12    Albums

Les Paul Trio & Friends: A Jazz Tribute to Les
Various Artists

Thanks to many memorable Monday nights, Manhattan’s Iridium is widely known as the house that Les Paul built. So it’s not surprising that the club should launch its new recording label with a tribute to the late guitar legend. And, of course, it’s only fitting...


07/02/12    Albums

Harold Danko

After a recent recording date, saxophonist Rich Perry’s rhythm section took a sort of busman’s holiday and cut a trio session—hence the clever title. With additional studio time available, pianist Harold Danko, bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Jeff Hirshfield...


06/22/12    Albums

Wobble Walkin'
The Duke Robillard Jazz Trio

Meet the new boss: guitarist Duke Robillard, heading up his own record label after distinguishing himself on numerous others. It’s likely to be a good career move, at least artistically, judging from this playful, soulful and swinging mix of original tunes...


06/21/12    Albums

All Ballads and a Bossa
Royce Campbell

Last April, when Royce Campbell took part in a Smithsonian-sponsored tribute to Wes Montgomery in the nation’s capital, the veteran guitarist paused a moment to explain how much delight he derives from playing ballads. Lest anyone doubt it, his performances...


06/01/12    Albums

The Clare Fischer Big Band

There are big bands and then there are big bands driven by big ideas. What set the Clare Fischer Big Band apart was the extraordinary, expansive, multifaceted arrangements and compositions created by the ensemble’s late namesake throughout his career, a...


05/28/12    Albums

Breaking the Waves
LeeAnn Ledgerwood

On the face of it, Breaking the Waves is a trio recording that derives much of its appeal from the support pianist LeeAnn Ledgerwood receives from bassist Ron McClure and drummer Nasheet Waits. But in a sense, this CD is also something of a one-composer...


05/26/12    Albums

Challis in Wonderland
Bucky Pizzarelli

This may be a more urbane offering than guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli’s recent Western swing forays, but it’s no less charming in its own way, with and without strings attached. The CD’s title refers to renowned early jazz arranger Bill Challis, best known...


05/24/12    Albums

Rick Stone Trio

The late composer Jerome Kern had a hand in making guitarist Rick Stone’s Fractals a postbop treat. First, there’s the album’s title track, a vibrant, angular reconfiguring of “All the Things You Are” that swings despite its abstract designs. Then there’s...


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...

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