Philip Booth

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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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05/26/14    Features

Nathan East: Consummate Sideman Releases Solo Debut

Busy bassist is more than "Lucky"

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04/20/14    Gearhead

GearHead: "Is That a Cello?"

Inside the plight of the touring acoustic bass player

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04/18/14    Albums

Modern American Music...Period! The Criteria Sessions
Jaco Pastorius

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...

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01/15/14    Albums

Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio
Gerry Gibbs/Ron Carter/Kenny Barron

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...

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01/04/14    Features

Spyro Gyra: Contemporary Casual

Celebrating a landmark anniversary with spontaneous, inspired sessions

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12/28/13    Albums

Live: SFJAZZ Center 2013--The Music of Chick Corea & New Compositions
SFJAZZ Collective

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...

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12/25/13    Albums

Tightrope
3 Cohens

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...

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12/15/13    Albums

Fight Song: A Tribute to Charles Mingus
No BS Brass!

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...

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