Philip Booth

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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...

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10/13/15    Albums

Luminosity
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...

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10/11/15    Albums

Impromptu
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...

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09/10/15    Concerts

Review: The 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival

AACM's 50th anniversary dominates the 37th edition

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08/05/15    Albums

Fluidity
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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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03/21/15    Features

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

An "Everyday Joe" struggles through the '70s

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12/09/14    Concerts

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

Imaginative colorations and driving Latin grooves

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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...

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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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08/14/14    Albums

Last Dance
Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden

[ 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...

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08/08/14    Albums

Get Me Joe Beck
Joe Beck Trio

“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...

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