Bill Milkowski

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07/06/12    Albums

The Only Son of One
Wayne Escoffery

These new releases offer two sides of the abundantly gifted, extremely confident tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, who is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with. A longtime sideman to trumpeter Tom Harrell and a member of Ben Riley’s Monk Legacy band...

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07/04/12    Albums

Capsule
The Landrus Kaleidoscope

Baritone sax and bass clarinet ace Brian Landrus takes a refreshing, modernist approach to the jazz quintet on his sixth album as a leader. Accompanied by up-and-coming guitarist Nir Felder and the sensational drummer Rudy Royston, along with bassist Matthew...

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07/02/12    Albums

The Jukebox Crowd
Randy Napoleon

A current member of Freddy Cole’s quartet and former sideman to Michael Bublé, the accomplished guitarist-composer-arranger Randy Napoleon demonstrates clear, concise fingerstyle technique on this winning collection of standards and originals. From his bluesy...

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06/30/12    Albums

Boplicity
Ronnie Cuber

Those who remember Ronnie Cuber’s blistering lines in the George Benson Quartet of the ’60s will be glad to know that the baritone sax ace is still very much on top of his game at age 70. Boplicity , a testament to his lifelong commitment to bebop, finds...

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06/28/12    Albums

Kaboom
James Muller

Australian guitarist JamesMuller makes a potentstatement on his fourth release as a leader, originally issued in 2006 and recently re-pressed. Recorded in New York with drummer Bill Stewart and bassist Matt Penman, Kaboom showcases Muller’s startling six...

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06/26/12    Features

Tribal Tech: Rekindling & Reinventing

An uncompromising fusion band remakes itself on first album since 2000

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06/26/12    Albums

New Monsters
Steve Horowitz

This singular ensemble from San Francisco is led by bassist Steve Horowitz and features the writing of tenor saxophonist Dan Plonsey. The myriad influences heard on this wildly eclectic outing range from tango to Zappa to postbop and free jazz, with touches...

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06/24/12    Albums

Anthem
Sebastian Gille

The German quartet led by saxophonist-composer Sebastian Gille strikes an interactive, conversational accord on this stirring, ECM-ish release. A forceful and daring player—you can hear touches of Michael Brecker and the icy cry of Jan Garbarek in his tenor...

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06/22/12    Albums

Shapes
Nils Weinhold

From the knotty opening lines of “A Horse Is Still a Horse,” it’s obvious that German guitarist Nils Weinhold is a product of the angular, odd-intervallic, slightly dissonant school of post-Metheny/post-Abercrombie guitar playing, an idiom personified by...

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06/20/12    Albums

Self-Portrait
David Berkman

David Berkman, an inventive pianist and accomplished composer and bandleader, is in a reflective, romantic mood on this solo outing. He turns in lovely, faithful renditions of Jerome Kern’s “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” George Gershwin’s “Embraceable You” and...

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06/20/12    Albums

Solo
Michael Cain

Pianist Michael Cain gained recognition through the ’90s for his association with Jack DeJohnette. On his own, he has produced a string of thoughtful, provocative releases, including his acclaimed 1997 ECM recording, Circa . On 2008’s The Green-Eyed Keeper...

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06/18/12    Albums

Back in the Mix
Dan Wilensky

Tenor saxophonist-composer Dan Wilensky demonstrates bold tones and a swaggering intensity on his fourth outing as a leader. On the driving title track he engages in some heated exchanges with trumpeter Russ Johnson and pianist Mark Soskin, while the rhythm...

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06/17/12    Albums

Zygomatik
Piet Verbist

Veteran Belgian bassist-composer Piet Verbist expertly blends bop, rock and funk feels on his debut as a leader. With huge upright tone, he lays down a heavy groove on the imposing opener, “PMS Alert,” underscored by drummer Herman Pardon’s muscular backbeat...

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06/14/12    Albums

Brooklyn Bazaar
Scott Tixier

Scott Tixier, a 26-year-old French-born violinist who studied with Jean-Luc Ponty in Paris and Mark Feldman in his current base of Brooklyn, hits the ball out of the park on his debut. Joined by guitarist Douglas Bradford (whose slightly distorted sound...

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06/11/12    Albums

Yesterday & Today
Toots Thielemans

This two-CD career retrospective includes rare and, in some cases, previously unheard tracks spanning the 60-plus-year career of the Belgian jazz harmonica virtuoso Jean-Baptiste “Toots” Thielemans. Compiled by producer-pianist and Thielemans’ personal friend...

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06/05/12    Albums

Outdoor Living
Will Bernard Trio

Genre-hopping guitarist Will Bernard throws down with Hammond B3 maven Wil Blades and drummer Simon Lott on this earthy organ trio date. They travel from raw New Orleans funk (“Nature Walk,” with Bernard channeling his inner Snooks Eaglin), to rock-tinged...

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About Bill Milkowski

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The author of a renowned biography of Jaco Pastorius and other books, Bill has been a regular JT contributor since 1991. He has done many cover stories and profiles for the magazine. In addition, he currently writes the UnderTones column in every issue, spotlighting up and coming artists and recordings.