Lloyd Sachs

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04/20/13    Albums

Witchcraft
Harvie S with Kenny Barron

Kenny Barron, whose duets with tenor great Stan Getz rank among the greatest achievements in that format, has recorded only a handful of duo albums with bassists. One of them, his 1986 encounter with Harvie S, Now Was the Time , came out almost by accident...

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04/19/13    Albums

Han Bennink & Co.
Han Bennink Trio

On this live album recorded last year in Belgium, the great Dutch drummer Han Bennink limits himself to a borrowed snare and a pair of young collaborators: Belgian reed player Joachim Badenhorst and Danish pianist Simon Toldam. But there’s so much sound...

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04/18/13    Albums

New Life
Antonio Sanchez

On his acclaimed 2010 double album, Live in New York , Antonio Sanchez stirred up excitement with a pianoless, two-saxophone quartet that stretched out on songs as long as 20 minutes. Despite such daring, New Life is a bold step forward. With the addition...

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04/13/13    Albums

Wisława
Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet

Tomasz Stanko, now 70, has recorded with some first-rate bands, including his early ’90s unit with pianist Bobo Stenson, bassist Anders Jormin and drummer Tony Oxley. But the eminent Polish trumpeter has never had a rhythm section that could give his music...

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04/09/13    Albums

In the Grand Scheme of Things
Michael Blake

Tenor saxophonist Michael Blake, a Canadian native who splits his time between Vancouver and Brooklyn, is never wanting for conceptual paths to take. His albums have included a reflection on his travels to Vietnam and one that processes his boyhood memories...

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04/01/13    Albums

Burning Bridge
Jason Kao Hwang

With his 2011 album, Symphony of Souls , violinist and composer Jason Kao Hwang attained an intense singularity of expression by leading an orchestra of 37 string players plus drummer through 11 gripping movements. On Burning Bridge , the veteran experimentalist...

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03/28/13    Albums

Parallax
Eric Revis

Judged by current demographics, bassist Eric Revis’ second album as a leader brings together a Chicagoan (tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Ken Vandermark) and three New Yorkers (Revis, pianist Jason Moran and drummer Nasheet Waits). But you get a stronger...

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03/23/13    Albums

Folk Art
Jeremy Udden

Stoked by Brandon Seabrook’s convulsive banjo, saxophonist Jeremy Udden’s ultra-spare 2009 album, Plainville , was such a strikingly original blend of jazz and Americana, a kind of Kind of Blue for the roots set, it has proved a difficult act to follow...

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03/20/13    Albums

Unfold Ordinary Mind
Ben Goldberg

Among jazz’s new breed of clarinetists, Don Byron may be the most celebrated stylistic traveler. But over an equally long stretch, Bay Area virtuoso Ben Goldberg has brought his own vision to a daunting range of settings. Having led the pioneering New Klezmer...

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02/26/13    Albums

New Myth/Old Science
Living By Lanterns

As co-designers of one of the more intriguing archival projects in a while, Mike Reed and Jason Adasiewicz had their work cut out for them. Commissioned by Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio, home of the Sun Ra/El Saturn Collection, they had to derive a...

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02/25/13    Albums

Numerology: Live at the Jazz Standard
David Gilmore

By the very nature of their occupation, jazz artists have an enduring fascination with numbers. With Numerology , a two-part suite that explores the “mystical, divine and spiritual meaning” of them, perennially underrated guitarist David Gilmore makes that...

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02/16/13    Albums

The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection 1951-1958
Duke Ellington

In gathering from a limited time frame a selection of what can be regarded in one way or another as concept albums, The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection 1951-1958 enjoyably demonstrates how context can influence the way we hear things. Ranging...

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02/07/13    Albums

Somewhere in the Night
Bobby Hutcherson

Before Joey DeFrancesco enlisted him for a 2005 album, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson hadn’t recorded with an organist since his glory days with Blue Note, when he teamed with Larry Young on Grant Green’s Street of Dreams and accompanied Big John Patton on...

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01/19/13    Undertones

Snakelust (To Kenji Nakagami)
Hairy Bones

Sounding like it was lifted from the middle of the 2011 Lisbon concert this album documents, Snakelust (to Kenji Nakagami) begins so unceremoniously you almost have to laugh. If you woke up saxophonist Peter Brötzmann in the middle of the night and pushed...

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01/11/13    Undertones

Tiresian Symmetry
Jason Robinson

Following up his strong 2010 album The Two Faces of Janus , saxophonist Jason Robinson basically doubles the exceptional band featured on it, resulting in a sound of unusual depth and density featuring (at times) dual clarinets (Marty Ehrlich and JD Parran...

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12/27/12    Undertones

40Twenty
40Twenty

On the heels of his amazing one-man gospel album, The Heavens , trombonist Jacob Garchik returns to exploring group settings in 40Twenty, a new Brooklyn quartet including that other notable young Jacob, pianist Sacks. Named after the classic jazz club practice...

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Lloyd Sachs joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 22, 2011