Carlo Wolff

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02/04/13    Albums

Felipe Salles

São Paulo native Felipe Salles blends the visceral and the cerebral on his fascinating fifth album, infusing classical modernist strains with the buoyant rhythms of his Brazilian homeland. And that’s by no means all. Departure spans a hard, shape-shifting...


01/24/13    Undertones

Adam Glasser

Adam Glasser’s playful yet plaintive style makes him one of the harmonica’s new masters. As debonair as Toots Thielemans, as soulful as Stevie Wonder and as romantic as Gregoire Maret, he’s also distinctively pungent. As a pianist, Glasser is percussive...


01/14/13    Albums

Soul Classics
Maceo Parker

Longtime James Brown horn foil Maceo Parker reanimates soul and funk tropes in this beautifully produced, rocking collection of tunes from the ’60s and ’70s. Backed by the supple WDR Big Band, this spirited collection is anything but archival. Not only does...


12/26/12    Albums

Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin

Live, this deeply continental and assured sextet is a jam band with the precision of a Swiss watch. Like a sophisticated mechanical timepiece, it’s all in the complications. Where in a watch a complication is a function, like a power reserve indicator or...


12/21/12    Albums

Wherever You Are: Midnight Moods for Solo Piano
Denny Zeitlin

Denny Zeitlin’s sequel to 2010’s Labyrinth finds the Bay Area pianist in solo mode again, this time exploring standards and rejuvenating originals, foremost among the latter the sunny “Time Remembers One Time Once.” Zeitlin, who has recorded in various formats...


10/23/12    Features

Hugh Masekela On the Move

At 73, the South African icon is unstoppable


10/08/12    Albums

Howie 61
Wayne Krantz

No doubt “Howie,” the detached boomer of this ironic album’s title track, drives the cool vintage Jaguar on its cover. The stylish song correlates to the arresting image. Style, too, informs many of the metaphors in the vocal numbers master guitarist Wayne...


10/02/12    Albums

Newark 1953
Hank Mobley Quintet

Recorded on one hard-swinging late-September evening at Newark’s Piccadilly Club, the two-disc Hank Mobley set showcases the talented tenor saxophonist evolving into a major force, alongside the transitional and complicated piano stylings of Walter Davis...


09/30/12    Albums

For the Moment
Bob Mintzer Big Band

A love letter to Brazil, this aural travelogue blends tenor saxophonist Bob Mintzer’s compositions with tracks by Baden Powell, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Chico Pinheiro, a São Paulo guitarist and vocalist whose version of “Corcovado” transforms Jobim’s glittery...


09/06/12    Concerts

Review: Detroit International Jazz Festival 2012

Rollins, Blanchard, Wynton and Metheny are among the highlights


09/04/12    Albums

Within a Song
John Abercrombie Quartet

Guitarist John Abercrombie, saxophonist Joe Lovano, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Joey Baron construct a mesmerizing fire in this tribute to the (mostly) ’60s jazz that shaped Abercrombie’s musical tastes. Produced by Manfred Eicher in typical crystalline...


08/08/12    Albums

Arturo Sandoval
Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You)

This slick, exciting CD is trumpeter Arturo Sandoval’s reimagining of the key work of John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, his mentor, inspiration and friend. It recasts more than reanimates his benchmark tunes by way of punchy arrangements from a gang of top-flight...


07/19/12    Albums

Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 2
Dr. Michael White

Clarinetist Dr. Michael White’s second installment in a project designed to freshen traditional New Orleans material with newer tunes done in that same style has a certain charm; it certainly goes down easy. It’s also limited, and some of White’s choices—particularly...


05/18/12    Albums

Josh Nelson

Pianist Josh Nelson seems the type who, as a boy, gazed at the stars, wondering what kind of life exists out there; his fifth album, with its evocations of early sci-fi and fantasy, bubbles with that sort of wonder and curiosity. It’s a supple disc spanning...


05/13/12    Albums

Floratone II

A delightfully creative work, Floratone’s second effort presents soundscapes that trigger wonder and a drive to spot the allusion. Guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer-percussionist Matt Chamberlain turn Chinese in “The Bloom Is On” (don’t miss Jon Brion’s...


05/09/12    Albums

Oddyssey of Nostalgia
Mac Gollehon

The one original on this curiously fresh collection is the title track, a brisk, upbeat workout for brass ensemble sparked by bandleader Mac Gollehon’s cutting trumpet and Warren Smith’s driving yet airy drumming. The easy-breathing arrangement and the tune’s...

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About Carlo Wolff

Carlo Wolff joined the JazzTimes community on Apr 09, 2010