Perry Tannenbaum

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May 2009    Big Bands

Frank Macchia

If the Loudhorns are poised to go without sax, then reed fanatic Frank Macchia is willing to kiss his brass goodbye to achieve his muscular Saxolollapalooza sound. The project began in 1990 after Macchia bought himself a bass saxophone and had the notion...


May 2009    Big Bands

Willie and the Wheel
Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel

Western swing is alive and well


May 2009    Big Bands

South Florida Jazz Orchestra
South Florida Jazz Orchestra

Directed by bassist Chuck Bergeron, SFJO is already keeping some swanky company on its debut CD, including cameos by Arturo Sandoval, Ed Calle, Charles Pillow and Kevin Mahogany. Not at all surprising when you consider that the band was incubated at Arturo’s...


Savannah Music Festival 2009

A wide range from jazz to classical, folk to blues


04/08/09    Albums

Joshua Redman

A "double trio" set that recalls classic Rollins


March 2009    Albums

Just Jazz
Aldo Romano

A retro gem recalls classic West Coast cool


01/22/09    Concerts

4 Generations of Miles

Imagine Trane squaring off against John McLaughlin in a quartet setting, and you can grasp the tension and excitement of this summit meeting. None of these four Miles Davis alumni were ever classmates in the same Davis group, but all are distinguished grads...


January/February 2009    Albums

Happy Together: Live at Birdland Volume 1
Ken Peplowski & Jesper Thilo

You might conclude that tenor, or clarinet, battles are brewing when producer Frank Nagel-Heyer brings Ken Peplowski and Jesper Thilo together, since both co-leaders double on the same two weapons. Peace prevails most of the time as Thilo cedes Peplowski...


January/February 2009    Albums

SFJazz Collective Live 2008
SFJazz Collective

The SFJAZZ Collective is an egalitarian wonder, equally concerned with where the music has been and where it’s going. Every year, the evolving octet of jazz all-stars concentrates on the compositions of an established pioneer—for 2008, it was Wayne Shorter...


January/February 2009    Albums

Warren Vaché-John Allred Quintet

Listen to Warren Vaché’s trumpet and John Allred’s trombone as together they dig into the lines of “Old Devil Moon” or “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.” The co-leaders sound like they share the same breath, even the same pulse. Problem is, when they reach...


December 2008    Albums

The Othello Syndrome
Uri Caine Ensemble

A 25-foot statue of Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi that stands at West 73rd Street and Broadway becomes the spiritual nexus of this fascinating new Uri Caine project. Taking his cue from Verdi’s Otello, the figure who faces eastward at the base of...


December 2008    Albums

What the World Needs Now
Five Play

Two familiar anthems are the bookends here, the album’s 1965 title tune opening the set and Helen Reddy’s huge 1972 hit, “I Am Woman,” serving as the chaser. The best of what the all-female quintet delivers, whether you’re listening for tight arrangements...


December 2008    Albums

Once Upon a Melody
Javon Jackson

Relaxed confidence oozes out of Javon Jackson as he launches into his solo on the opening track, “One by One,” showcasing the funkier compositional side of Wayne Shorter. The same self-assured swagger is evident in the ensuing mid-tempo swinger, “Will You...


December 2008    Albums

Force of Four
Joe Locke

When Joe Locke and pianist Robert Rodriguez slow the tempo, we get a tantalizing hint of what Gary Burton and Chick Corea might have sounded like if their famed duo sessions had been opened up to include bass and drums—and the notion that it wouldn’t have...


December 2008    Albums

The Mancini Project
Ted Nash

If you ever wondered what the John Coltrane Quartet of the Impulse! years might have sounded like on the compositions of Henry Mancini—or your face is contorted in horror at the thought—this new release offers more than a couple of hints. It’s on tenor rather...


December 2008    Albums

The Turning Gate
New Jazz Composers Octet

Like all the truly great jazz bands of the past, the New Jazz Composers Octet can turn on a dime from the sound of a roaring big band, breathtaking in its super-train precision, to a profusion of satisfying smaller units. The chemistry here, in mellower...

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Perry Tannenbaum joined the JazzTimes community on Dec 11, 2008