Mike Shanley

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10/25/16    Overdue Ovation

An Overdue Ovation for Joseph Bowie

Defunkt's leader, trombonist, vocalist and percussionist


10/21/16    Albums

Touch My Beloved's Thought
Greg Ward & 10 Tongues

Upon completing an album, Charles Mingus often said the new work was the best thing he’d ever made. He might have been accurate when discussing The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady . The six-part suite, recorded in 1963, made great strides in rendering the...


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...


09/20/16    Albums

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...


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...


08/01/16    Albums


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...


07/06/16    Features

Marcus Strickland: Vision & Execution

Jazz meets hip-hop production


07/06/16    Albums

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...


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...


05/26/16    Albums


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’...


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...


03/27/16    Features

Trumpeter Nate Wooley: Cracking the "Codes"

Tackling classic Young Lions material, on his own terms


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...


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...


01/29/16    Albums

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...

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