Philip Booth

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01/27/16    Albums

Dr. Um
Peter Erskine

Dr. Um offers journeyman drummer Peter Erskine an excuse to play funk and fusion and “all that [stuff] you’re so good at and people love while still being Mr. well-respected legit jazzman,” as related in the liner notes. That aptly summarizes the scope of...


12/01/15    Features

George and Chico Freeman: Family Business

Father and son uphold more than one jazz legacy


11/25/15    Albums

The Bronx Pyramid
Carlos Henriquez

Fellow bassists have long marveled at the way Carlos Henriquez attacks his strings. The South Bronx native’s lines are clean, crisp and to-the-point—jet fuel for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and other groups led by his mentor, Wynton Marsalis, and...


10/13/15    Albums

The Don Braden Organix Quartet

Soul-jazz, if nothing else, was all about the deepest of sticky grooves, solos that sometimes took tunes in surprising directions and, maybe above all, a joyful exuberance that was easily felt and heard by listeners. That’s the kind of cannonball, no pun...


10/11/15    Albums

The Rodriguez Brothers

The Rodriguez Brothers, trumpeter Michael and pianist Robert, are exponents of a brand of Latin jazz that incorporates multiple strains of the genre’s rhythms and textures, meshing Afro-Cuban styles with bolero , Brazilian, postbop and other varieties. Underappreciated...


09/10/15    Concerts

Review: The 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival

AACM's 50th anniversary dominates the 37th edition


08/05/15    Albums

John Fedchock Quartet

“Concept” seems to be the selling point of choice for a preponderance of releases these days. There’s always an angle to be played, whether paying tribute to a fallen icon, importing high-profile guest artists, saluting a composer or mashing jazz with another...


07/30/15    Albums

Night and Day
Vincent Herring

Alto saxophonist Vincent Herring references Cannonball Adderley and other formative influences and mentors on Night and Day , a bracing live-in-the-studio album. The disc, something of a successor to 2013’s The Uptown Shuffle , is buoyant hard bop of the...


07/20/15    Albums

Trumpet Summit Prague: The Mendoza Arrangements
Randy Brecker/Bobby Shew

High-brass firepower is the theme of Trumpet Summit Prague , and there’s plenty of the good stuff to go around, thanks to the on-point playing and improvising of a trio of trumpeters. Here, American players Randy Brecker and Bobby Shew, and Jan Hasenöhrl...


05/17/15    Albums

From Darkness
Avishai Cohen Trio

Since the late ’90s, when Avishai Cohen broke through with his genre-defying solo debut, Adama , and his inspired playing with Chick Corea’s Origin sextet, the Israeli-born bassist has leavened his jazz with classical strains and Middle Eastern folk textures...


05/08/15    Albums

NYC Sessions
Dave Bass

Gone , pianist Dave Bass’ first recording as a leader following a two-decade absence from the music profession, was one of jazz’s success stories of 2010, earning critical acclaim and extensive airplay. For the follow-up, NYC Sessions , Bass goes East Coast...


05/06/15    Albums

My Ideal
Glenn Zaleski

Glenn Zaleski points to Bill Evans’ work as a model for his own approach to trio playing, and that influence is deeply felt throughout My Ideal , the Massachusetts-bred pianist’s appealing debut as a leader. Zaleski, who studied at the Brubeck Institute...


03/21/15    Features

"Low Down," the New Film About Unsung Piano Master Joe Albany

An "Everyday Joe" struggles through the '70s


12/09/14    Concerts

Live: Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at Birdland

Imaginative colorations and driving Latin grooves


11/10/14    Albums

Songs to the North Sky
Tim Garland

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...


08/23/14    Albums

Move Your Body
Rebirth Brass Band

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...

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