Imaginative colorations and driving Latin grooves
Revisiting the approach he took on 2009’s Libra , saxophonist Tim Garland divides Songs to the North Sky into two discs. The first CD features Lighthouse, his expandable small group with drummer/percussionist Asaf Sirkis, while the second reunites the Brit...
After reclaiming its mojo as a raucous, horns-heavy traditional street band on 2011’s inspired and inspiring Rebirth of New Orleans , which won the group its first Grammy, one of the Crescent City’s most acclaimed marching brass outfit continues in a similar...
[ Editor's note: This review was written and published in JazzTimes shortly before Charlie Haden's death. We've left it intact. ] So maybe this project should officially be known as the Standards Duo. Four years after old friends and onetime musical collaborators...
“My aim on the guitar is to try to get each chord to follow the preceding chord like it was meant to be there, and then sort of hint at what the next chord might be,” Joe Beck says, in one of several spoken introductions sprinkled throughout Get Me Joe Beck...
Busy bassist is more than "Lucky"
Inside the plight of the touring acoustic bass player
Modern American Music … Period! , released on CD, multicolored vinyl and via download, offers the unfettered 1974 Miami demo sessions for bassist Jaco Pastorius’ 1976 solo debut. These recordings, previously unissued in full, unedited form, have been in...
For his seventh album as a leader, relatively unsung drummer Gerry “The Thrasher” Gibbs enlists two revered jazz veterans as rhythm-section partners, bassist Ron Carter and pianist Kenny Barron. Both were childhood heroes to Gibbs; he was 10, in 1974, when...
Celebrating a landmark anniversary with spontaneous, inspired sessions
With its latest ambitious recording, the San Francisco-based SFJAZZ Collective celebrates another great composer (the group’s modus operandi), a new venue and a new addition to the band. Two years ago, the Collective saluted the music of Stevie Wonder with...
With earlier 3 Cohens albums titled Family , Braid and One , the Israeli-born siblings have always conveyed an appealing unity vibe: They’re tightly bound together by artistic creativity, spirit, blood and, at this stage of their careers, a desire to collaborate...
Funky brass bands, heavy on the New Orleans street beat with jazz and rock variously interwoven into the mix, have regained a degree of cache, thanks to the likes of Rebirth, the Dirty Dozen and Trombone Shorty. Now here comes Richmond, Va.’s 11-piece No...
What to look for in jazz's essential cymbal
Technology beyond technique
Well-traveled bassist Drew Gress, equally at home in new-music and straight-ahead environs, deploys on this project the same band heard on 2008’s The Irrational Numbers and 2005’s 7 Black Butterflies ; two of the group’s core players, saxophonist Tim Berne...