Carlo Wolff

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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...

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10/23/12    Features

Hugh Masekela On the Move

At 73, the South African icon is unstoppable

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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...

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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...

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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...

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09/06/12    Concerts

Review: Detroit International Jazz Festival 2012

Rollins, Blanchard, Wynton and Metheny are among the highlights

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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...

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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...

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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...

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05/18/12    Albums

Discoveries
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...

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05/13/12    Albums

Floratone II
Floratone

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...

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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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05/03/12    Concerts

Concert review: Cleveland's Tri-C JazzFest

Spirit and joy mark the 33rd annual event

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04/13/12    Concerts

2012 Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Jazz and plenty of pop at this sold-out South African fest

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04/12/12    Albums

Soul
Jeremy Pelt

This intimate, confident disc worms its way into your head. Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt’s sixth album is an understated affair showcasing supple songwriting, a persuasive way with a phrase and the expert interplay of the band he has led over his past four albums...

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03/27/12    Albums

Per Sempre
Eddie Gomez Quintet

Bass player Eddie Gomez weaves a centered, pensive tapestry on this intimate, personal album. An exercise in empathy and implication, Per Sempre is deeply romantic and warm. The tunes, all melodic if not all equally memorable, span Gomez’s “Pops and Alma”...

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Carlo Wolff joined the JazzTimes community on Apr 09, 2010