Lloyd Sachs

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11/30/13    Albums

The Claudia Quintet

John Hollenbeck has fashioned his share of attention-grabbing tunes, but few as compelling as “September 29th, 1936: Me Warn You,” a highlight of the Claudia Quintet’s shiveringly good new album. A mash-up of reflective music and sonically sliced and diced...


11/29/13    Albums

In the Beginning, Volumes 1 & 2
Dr. Lonnie Smith

Dr. Lonnie Smith’s new two-disc album is not only his most invigorating effort in years, it’s also one of the most exciting Hammond B-3 albums in some time. Credit the octet format on several tracks for adding heaps of energy and pizzazz. And credit arranger...


11/26/13    Features

Jack DeJohnette Returns to His Roots In Chicago

Special day, Special Edition for drum icon


11/21/13    Albums

Play the Music of Steve Lacy, Vol. 2
The Whammies

The Whammies’ second helping of Steve Lacy interpretations, recorded about a year after the first batch, has a more outwardly exploratory quality than its exuberant predecessor. But the results are equally enjoyable, as you would expect from a superb group...


11/03/13    Albums

Costumes Are Mandatory
Ethan Iverson/Lee Konitz/Larry Grenadier/Jorge Rossy

Far from your classic session combining a young cutting-edge stalwart and revered master, Costumes Are Mandatory is a quirky assemblage of odds and ends. Framed as an homage to Lennie Tristano, it sometimes teams pianist and project instigator Ethan Iverson...


11/01/13    Features

Etienne Charles' Island Dreams

A rising trumpet star connects jazz to his Caribbean heritage & more


11/01/13    Albums

Dave Holland Prism

Opening tracks don’t get much more attention-grabbing than “The Watcher,” which introduces bass great Dave Holland’s all-star fusion band Prism, featuring guitarist Kevin Eubanks, keyboardist Craig Taborn and drummer Eric Harland. You get the feeling, hearing...


10/19/13    Albums

Jim Black & Alasnoaxis

With his underrated (and unexpected) acoustic trio album Somatic , featuring Austrian pianist Elias Stemeseder and bassist Thomas Morgan, drummer-composer Jim Black revealed a new side of his talent. Lean and roomy but with sharp strokes, the music was closer...


10/07/13    Albums

Infinite Possibilty
Joel Harrison 19

Who is Joel Harrison, the jazz guitarist who boldly reconfigured country music or the artist who adapted the music of Paul Motian for string choir? The investigator of traditional African sounds or the soloist who made like an Allman Brother possessed last...


09/26/13    Albums

City of Broken Dreams
Giovanni Guidi

Here’s a trio that stands apart from the pack. Teamed with the brilliant young American bassist Thomas Morgan and Portuguese drummer João Lobo, 28-year-old Italian pianist Giovanni Guidi makes spare, haunting music that draws you in deeper with each listen...


09/14/13    Albums

Gary Peacock/Marilyn Crispell

Pianist Marilyn Crispell and bassist Gary Peacock have performed often as a duo and played together in other settings, including the trio with Paul Motian responsible for the ECM gems Amaryllis and Nothing Ever Was, Anyway . But Azure is their first duo...


09/06/13    Concerts

Concert Review: Jack DeJohnette Special Legends Edition Chicago

Bringing it all back home


07/18/13    Albums

Moment and the Message
Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense

Through the tricky patterns, sudden thematic shifts and stylistic swaps on Jonathan Finlayson’s impressive debut album, one thing remains constant: the cool sense of refinement he brings to the music. Stepping out of his supporting roles in the bands of...


07/16/13    Albums

A Jackson In Your House, Message to Our Folks, Reese and the Smooth Ones
Art Ensemble of Chicago

For those interested in the early days of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, these are good times. Nessa Records recently followed up its 2011 release of Roscoe Mitchell’s previously unheard, pre-AEC gem Before There Was Sound (1966) with Early Combinations...


07/07/13    Albums

Twice Through the Wall
Curtis Macdonald

As he demonstrated on Community Immunity , his 2011 album for Dave Douglas’ Greenleaf label, Curtis Macdonald is an alto saxophonist of style and expressive power. But on two of the three songs on this 20-minute EP, he holds back as a soloist, allowing rawboned...


06/28/13    Albums

Functional Arrhythmias
Steve Coleman and Five Elements

When an artist explicitly identifies his source material, the audience has the option of listening for those themes or hearing the music purely as music. Steve Coleman’s album concepts tend to be so esoteric they’re usually easy to ignore. But in exploring...

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About Lloyd Sachs

Lloyd Sachs joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 22, 2011