Carlo Wolff

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07/06/11    Albums

The Choice
Diego Barber

A third of the way into the smoothly pulsating “Chicago,” your ears widen to the singular openness and fluency of Diego Barber’s excellent sophomore disc, The Choice . While saxophonist Mark Turner carries the melodic weight, drummer Ari Hoenig and bassists...


06/13/11    Albums

Then the Other
Shane Endsley and the Music Band

Trumpeter Shane Endsley’s Then the Other is a solid solo debut, the work of a mature, satisfied artist comfortable in many styles. The Music Band—pianist Craig Taborn, bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Ted Poor—navigates a wide variety of Endsley compositions...


06/12/11    Albums

All Wrapped Up
Jared Gold

Hammond B3 organ master Jared Gold wastes no time building a head of steam, launching All Wrapped Up with “My Sentiments Exactly,” one of the more driving tracks on his latest CD. Like the other tunes on this entertaining disc, it gives each player plenty...


06/08/11    Albums

Simple Truth
Leeann Ledgerwood

Catalyzed by her recovery from breast cancer, LeeAnn Ledgerwood revitalizes the piano-trio format on Simple Truth , her first SteepleChase disc since 2003’s Walkin’ Up . It interweaves originals such as the respectful homage “Ballade for Bill Evans” and...


05/25/11    Albums

Johnny Mandel: The Man and His Music
Johnny Mandel

How fitting that Johnny Mandel, 84 when he squired this set recorded at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, showcases drummer Sherrie Maricle and her 15-piece, all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra. This is an informal, delightfully live retrospective spanning Mandel’s work...


May 2011    Albums

Rockets on the Balcony
Omer Klein

Dread and beauty coexist on Israeli-born pianist Omer Klein’s third disc, a musical voyage replete with both Weltschmerz and chutzpah. The haunting cover image—“Rockets,” by Israeli artist Dafna Ilan—merges glimpses of Berlin in the 1930s and a contemporary...


April 2011    Albums

As You Like It

While BANN is decidedly a jazz group, it’s also one that flirts with fusion and occasionally hints at rock. Tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, bassist Jay Anderson, guitarist Oz Noy and drummer Adam Nussbaum—“BANN” combines their surname initials—know their...


April 2011    Albums

Perpetual Motion
Donny McCaslin

The protean tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin touches down on numerous musical platforms on this bristling disc. There’s his probing, modernist “Five Hands Down,” the squirmy space-funk of “Memphis Redux,” and “Firefly,” a deep, pensive cut that begins as...


April 2011    Albums

European Quartet Live
Toots Thielemans

The terminally cool, helplessly passionate harmonica icon Toots Thielemans makes beautiful music on this collage of European performances from 2006, 2007 and 2008. The tunes span a ravishing update of Gershwin’s “Summertime,” a haunting version of Monk’s...


March 2011    Albums

The Man With the Hat
Grace Kelly/Phil Woods

A Boston-based prodigy on alto saxophone, Grace Kelly plays just fine with the best, holding her own and then some. In 2008 she teamed up with alto saxophonist Lee Konitz on GRACEfulLEE . Her current soulmate is Phil Woods, the legendary alto man who will...


March 2011    Albums

Lynne Arriale

Lynne Arriale is a powerful pianist with a strong melodic sense and a taste for well-built pop tunes. Sparked by remarkable bass and oud player Omer Avital, tensile, tasteful drummer Anthony Pinciotti and Bill McHenry, a tenor saxophonist who can be broad...

March 2011    Albums

Power Play
Ralph Bowen

Ralph Bowen is an assured saxophonist and versatile composer who clearly enjoys spontaneous conversation with his mates. Hear such chatter on “The Good Shepherd,” as Bowen and bassist Kenny Davis race one another, Bowen elongating the melody as Davis furiously...


March 2011    Albums

50 Miniatures for Improvising Quintet
Erik Friedlander

Jewish philosophy, religious belief and mathematics buttress this startling CD, a collection spanning tune, snippet, melody and outburst. Inspired by the 14th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, it consists of seven groups of seven pieces, capped by a standalone...

March 2011    Albums

Live at the Dirty Dog
Ernie Krivda and the Detroit Connection

A big fish in the small jazz pond that is Cleveland, Ernie Krivda is a fiery proponent of accessible, bop-heavy jazz. The latest CD from the prolific tenor sax master finds Krivda in illustrious Detroit company: the legendary minimalist pianist Claude Black...


March 2011    Albums

The Strongest Love
Gregory Tardy

On this, his first CD after a three-year sabbatical from performing, Gregory Tardy offers up a set of devotional pieces along with one secular standard, Billy Strayhorn’s “A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing.” Unlike the music of, say, latter-day Coltrane, these...


January/February 2011    Albums

Silver Pony
Cassandra Wilson

Carlo Wolff reviews new album from singer Cassandra Wilson

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Carlo Wolff joined the JazzTimes community on Apr 09, 2010