Bret Primack

Bret’s Contributions


April 1998    Albums

Invisible Weave
Joe Morris and William Parker

Guitarist Joe Morris and bassist William Parker recorded this duo session at Michael Dorf's downtown launching pad, The Knitting Factory, early last year and the seven tracks herein are, in Morris' words, creative music. Their color, texture and design is...


April 1998    Albums

Visitation Rights

Visitation Rites is the debut of Paraphrase, a collaborative improvisational trio featuring Tim Berne on saxophones, Drew Gress on bass and drummer Tom Rainey. Recorded live in Berlin in 1996, Berne and company stomp, boomerang, flail and jump all over the...


April 1998    Albums


Bloodcount expand the envelope of musical form and substance. Discretion features a collection of Tim Berne's never-played-before compositions with the leader on alto and baritone, Chris Speed on tenor and clarinet, Michael Formanek on bass and Jim Black...


April 1998    Albums

Saxcrobatic Fanatic
Luther Thomas Trio

Alto saxophonist Luther Thomas, guitarist Kelvyn Bell and drummer Ronnie Burrage have been playing together since the early '70s but until this recording, they hadn't documented their collaboration. Second generation BAGers, or Baby BAGers, they follow in...


March 1998    Albums

King/Bluiett Trio: Makin' Whoopee
Hamiet Bluiett

Baritone saxist Hamiet Bluiett and tenorman David Murray have been half of World Saxophone Quartet since its inception while alto and soprano saxophonist Eric Person had a brief stint with the group. Outside that hallowed institution, they all continue to...

March 1998    Hearsay

Quartette Indigo

Quartette Indigo’s second release, Afrika! Afrika!, on Savant, underlines the versatility of this string quartet led by cellist Akua Dixon Turre, which includes violinists Regina Carter and Marlene Rice, as well as Ron Lawrence on viola. The eclectic set...

March 1998    Hearsay

Olu Dara

Trumpeter/guitarist/vocalist/ composer/actor Olu Dara conjures up a very tasty musical gumbo on his first Atlantic release, In The World. Subtitled, “From Natchez to New York,” the Mississippi native, a New Yorker for more than three decades, draws from...

March 1998    Hearsay

Owen Howard

For New York jazz musicians, there are two parts to the puzzle. The first is playing well enough to distinguish yourself from the seemingly endless pool of talent that centers around Manhattan. The second is finding consistent work that pays well enough...

March 1998    Hearsay

Fred Sanders

Fred Sanders’ first recording is East of Vilbig on Leaning House Jazz, featuring the Austin, Texas based pianist/composer and special guests Roy Hargrove, Mark Whitfield and Texas tenor legend Marchel Ivery. It was in Ivery’s after-hour jam-sessions at the...


January/February 1998    Hearsay

Laurent De Wilde

The man is a triple threat. He plays the piano, composes and also writes books. Spoon-A-Rhythm, on Columbia, features his trio versions of jazz standards as well as his tributes to Duke Ellington and Barney Wilen. His first book, published by Marlowe Press...


January/February 1998    Hearsay

Jimmy Amadie

The title of Jimmy Amadie’s second release on TPR Recordings, Savoring Every Note, has great significance for the Philadelphia-based pianist. Because of a painful tendinitis condition that delayed his recording debut for decades (Amadie was “ready” in the...


January/February 1998    Hearsay

Ann Hampton Callaway

After Ours, on Denon, is vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway’s first jazz recording. I suspect that if Miles heard her extraordinary version of “All Blues,” he’d probably smile and ask, “Why did you wait so long?” A Chicago native, she came to New York and started...


January/February 1998    Features

Art Tatum: No Greater Art

Today, Art Tatum would have been 88. His music survives and continues to astound. This weekend, after working my way through his Solo and Group Masterpieces on Pablo, which included such collaborators as Roy Eldridge, Lionel Hampton and Ben Webster, I’m...


January/February 1998    Label Watch

Label Watch: American Clave

It all started with a film that never got made. Kip Hanrahan, a Bronx-born composer, producer and bandleader hoped to bring together the texts of Ishmael Reed and the music of Cecil Taylor. But it eventually became apparent to Hanrahan, who had worked on...


December 1997    Albums

Jacky Terrasson and Cassandra Wilson

In these alarmingly noisy times, I cling to what now passes as something of an antiquated mantra-simplicity is elegance. The work of Lester Young, in particular, remains a guidepost for me. Pres always played only what was necessary, nothing more, nothing...


December 1997    Hearsay

Dominique Eade

One late summer afternoon just after my landlord installed a satellite dish, I happened upon an episode of Peter Gunn, a ’50s detective show featuring Henry Mancini’s hip scoring. The show captured a delicious moment in time when film noir, jazz and the...

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