Mike Shanley

Mike’s Contributions

Claudiaquintet_superpetite_span3

09/26/16    Albums

Super Petite
The Claudia Quintet

The title Super Petite refers to the compositions drummer John Hollenbeck penned for the Claudia Quintet’s eighth album. Bucking the trend toward longer and larger works of music and literature, nearly all of them are timed at six minutes or less. The Quintet’s...

Myamelforsbengoldberg_span3

09/20/16    Albums

Dialogue
Myra Melford & Ben Goldberg

Ben Goldberg and Myra Melford have each served in supporting roles on one another’s ambitious projects. Melford’s piano appeared in Goldberg’s Orphic Machine last year, a nonet session that combined original music with the writer Allen Grossman’s poetic...

Freddiehendrix_span3

08/16/16    Albums

Jersey Cat
Freddie Hendrix

The initial blast that launches Freddie Hendrix’s solo on “St. Peter’s Walk” serves as a shout that means business. The trumpeter first heard the song on a Louis Hayes album that featured Woody Shaw, and Hendrix’s rapid and concise solo puts him in league...

Nolatet_dogs_span3

08/01/16    Albums

Dogs
Nolatet

Nolatet’s moniker implies their central location in the Big Easy. While that isn’t unusual, the distinction comes from members who span four generations (the oldest a septuagenarian), all bringing different facets of music to the fold. Drummer Johnny Vidacovich...

Marcusstrickland_7_bydenekapeniston_span3

07/06/16    Features

Marcus Strickland: Vision & Execution

Jazz meets hip-hop production

Joechambers_landscape_span3

07/06/16    Albums

Landscapes
Joe Chambers

As a performer, Joe Chambers plays several roles on Landscapes . He stands front and center on the vibraphone, and he brings up the rear on trap kit. On “Havana” he ups the ante even further by adding bongos, marimba and congas to the mix. On the title track...

Arihoenig-paupermagician-cover-300x300_span3

06/04/16    Albums

The Pauper & the Magician
Ari Hoenig

A magician “with darkness in his heart,” who plays cruel tricks on a pauper, sounds less like a scenario for a children’s story than a source for their nightmares. Yet that’s how drummer Ari Hoenig’s thematic album began life, as a tale he told to his young...

Empirical_connection_span3

05/26/16    Albums

Connection
Empirical

If Empirical’s blend of alto saxophone, vibraphone, bass and drums evokes Eric Dolphy’s Out to Lunch! , the effect isn’t completely coincidental. The group previously paid tribute to the multireedist and his classic session on its sophomore album, Out ’n’...

Davidgilmore_energiesofchange_span3

04/10/16    Albums

Energies of Change
David Gilmore

Sometimes it’s not what time signature you play in but what you can play in that time signature. From his time with M-Base musicians like Steve Coleman to more recent sessions with Rudresh Mahanthappa (as well as his own work as a leader), guitarist David...

Wooley_wjf14_span3

03/27/16    Features

Trumpeter Nate Wooley: Cracking the "Codes"

Tackling classic Young Lions material, on his own terms

Rova_span3

03/18/16    Albums

Electric Ascension
ROVA Channeling Coltrane

Ascension served as John Coltrane’s line in the sand when it was released in 1966. Those who sought greater musical enlightenment embraced the album-length piece, performed by the saxophonist in a horn-heavy ensemble of 11. On the other side of the line...

Adegokestevecolson_tonesfor_span3

02/26/16    Albums

Tones For
Adegoke Steve Colson

On Adegoke Steve Colson’s first album of solo piano, the title refers to three historical figures that inspired the music: Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass. To mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War (and the 50th anniversary...

Thenecks_vertigo_span3

01/29/16    Albums

Vertigo
The Necks

Australians the Necks have released 15 albums of expansive improvisation, many of them devoted to one extended piece that flows along for upwards of 60 minutes. In that regard, record number 16, Vertigo , presents a streamlined performance by the trio, since...

Christianhowes_span3

01/06/16    Albums

American Spirit
Christian Howes

For a song that became recognized beyond the Broadway stage, “America,” the immortal West Side Story showcase, possesses one of the more abrasive cadences in popular music. Christian Howes opens American Spirit with the song, but his version lacks the bombast...

Jacobgarchik_span3

01/05/16    Albums

Ye Olde
Jacob Garchik

Jacob Garchik’s vision has yielded arrangements for the Kronos Quartet, performances with everyone from Henry Threadgill to Lee Konitz and an inventive tribute to the trombone-choir gospel tradition wherein Garchik plays all the instruments. It shouldn’t...

  • Email E-mail
  • Share Share
  • Rss RSS
  • Report Report

About Mike Shanley

Shanley_selfportrait_thumb