Lloyd Sachs

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05/18/13    Albums

Capricorn Climber
Kris Davis

Which comes first, the pianist or the composer? Even on Kris Davis’ exceptional 2011 solo album, Aeriol Piano , the answer was elusive, the ingenuity of her writing and arranging seizing as much attention as her playing and improvising. On Davis’ new quintet...


05/08/13    Albums

Hagar's Song
Charles Lloyd/Jason Moran

When jazz historians look back on this era, one of the things they’ll highlight is the transcendent role played by two young piano greats in support of two resurgent tenor legends: Danilo Pérez in Wayne Shorter’s quartet and Jason Moran in Charles Lloyd’s...


04/23/13    Albums

The Bespoke Man's Narrative
Aaron Diehl

Aaron Diehl’s eagerly awaited studio debut—the Wynton Marsalis protégé’s first album for a prominent label following two self-released live efforts—takes its title from the fashion-world term for a custom tailor. That’s the role the 26-year-old pianist sees...


04/20/13    Albums

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...


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...


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...


04/13/13    Albums

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...


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...


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...


03/28/13    Albums

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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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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About Lloyd Sachs

Lloyd Sachs joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 22, 2011