Bill Milkowski

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08/31/12    Undertones

Jazz Punks

On this irreverent but undeniably clever collection of mashup arrangements, the L.A.-based quintet brings its fearless alt-jazz sensibility to a commingling of Sonny Rollins’ “Oleo” and Hendrix’s “Purple Haze,” an organic melding of the Clash’s “Should I...


08/31/12    Albums

Hard Hat Area
Allan Holdsworth

What to make of the enigmatic Mr. Holdsworth? Is he a jazz guitarist? Is it fusion? Suffice it to say, no other guitarist on the planet plays like him. For pure technical command on the fretboard as a soloist, few can touch him. Since the ’70s, Holdsworth...


08/27/12    Undertones

Golden Child
Jared Gold

In a post-Joey DeFrancesco/Larry Goldings world, Jared Gold is on the short list of organ players to call to instantly elevate any session. On his fifth outing as a leader, he joins guitarist Ed Cherry and drummer Quincy Davis for a varied program that ranges...


08/20/12    Undertones

Line Open
Will Galison

Harmonica ace and Toots Thielemans disciple Will Galison discloses another side of his musicality on this upbeat album showcasing his superior songwriting talents. His clever lyrics and pleasant vocals carry smart, engaging numbers like “Risky Business,”...


08/20/12    Before & After

Before & After with Guitarist Adam Rogers

Absorbing and avoiding influence


08/13/12    Undertones

My Nocturne
Teriver Cheung

Hong Kong native and University of North Texas grad Teriver Cheung reveals a gentle touch and a mature, composerly approach on his first recording as a leader. Accompanied by bassist Linda Oh, alto saxophonist Andrew Gould and his former North Texas schoolmate...


08/06/12    Undertones

New Street
Ben Powell

There is something about the tone, the delicate but assured touch, the unique vibrato and soaring filigrees of Ben Powell’s violin playing that immediately conjure up memories of Stephane Grappelli. It’s apparent in the warmly lyrical ballad “Judith” that...


08/01/12    Undertones

Black Music Disaster
Black Music Disaster

Matthew Shipp guests on this scary soundtrack to the monster movie in the deepest part of your id. Shipp’s droning The Phantom of the Opera -styled Farfisa organ tones open this otherworldly jam, a continuous 38-minute suite of improvised music. Drummer...


07/29/12    Albums

Upper West Side Story
Bobby Broom

Following clever takes on contemporary pop tunes (2001’s Stand ), Thelonious Monk (2009’s Plays for Monk ) and Stevie Wonder (2011’s Wonderful! by the Deep Blue Organ Trio), Bobby Broom’s tenth outing as a leader is his first collection of all originals...


07/27/12    Undertones

Swift Kick
Andrew Swift

Australian drummer Andrew Swift has been a valuable sideman on the NYC scene over the past decade, supporting veterans like pianist George Cables and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and, more recently, newcomer alto burner Sharel Cassity—all of whom appear on...


07/24/12    Undertones

Point in Time
Gabriel Vicéns

Guitarist-composer Gabriel Vicéns, a leading light of Puerto Rico’s jazz scene, flaunts a modernist sensibility on his impressive debut as a leader. His dark, warm-toned legato guitar lines share a kindred mastery with Stateside players like Kurt Rosenwinkel...


07/23/12    Albums

Five and One
Michael Benedict & Bopitude

Drummer Michael Benedict delighted hard-bop fans last year with his crack quintet’s self-titled debut. They’re back with baritone sax powerhouse Gary Smulyan augmenting the lineup, making this a scintillating sextet session. They come out smoking on Sonny...


07/11/12    Albums

Andrea Veneziani Trio

The adventurous Tuscan-born bassist Andrea Veneziani has found the perfect piano partner in Kenny Werner, whose sensitive, exploratory tack fits well with the leader’s ideas on delicate, searching vehicles like “Night Flight,” “Mark Rothko” and “In Viaggio...


07/10/12    Albums

Music for Organ Sextette
Brian Charette

Determined not to follow the same ol’ bop, blues and ballads formula of most organ-group sessions, Hammond player Brian Charette takes a different route on this renegade sextet outing. Working with four distinct voices—Jay Collins’ flute, John Ellis’ bass...


07/08/12    Albums

Bamako By Bus
Daniel Freedman

Drummer Daniel Freedman, a New York native and member of the band Third World Love, steps out with his second album as a leader, blending jazz with Yoruban prayer chants, Moroccan music, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban rhythms, funk and pop. With Freedman on traps...


07/06/12    Albums

A Prayer for the Planet
Global Noize

Synth wiz Jason Miles helped usher Miles Davis into contemporary jazz during the ’80s with his cutting-edge synth programming on Tutu, Music From Siesta and Amandla . In 2008, he formed Global Noize with turntablist DJ Logic and enlisted a host of special...

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