Scott Albin

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12/16/14    Albums

Quartet-- Frank Kimbrough

The lyrical and eloquent pianist Frank Kimbrough seeks a road less traveled for each turn of phrase, in keeping with the obliqueness of such influences as Paul Bley, Andrew Hill, and Herbie Nichols. This is oddly enough the first of Kimbrough's seven CDs...

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12/11/14    Community Articles

50 of the Top Jazz CDs for 2014

2014 contained yet another fascinating and rewarding 12 months of jazz releases, and this writer's 4th annual list features 50 of the best new CDs he was fortunate enough to hear during the year, in alphabetical order. The image appearing here is of the...

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12/09/14    Albums

Before You Know It (Live in Portland)-- Ezra Weiss Sextet

Ezra Weiss has won three ASCAP Young Jazz Composer awards and placed twice the Rising Star Arranger category of DownBeat Critics Polls, but his abilities as a pianist and bandleader should not be overlooked. His seven CDs as a leader have featured Art Blakey...

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12/05/14    Albums

All of You: The Last Tour 1960-- The Miles Davis Quintet featuring John Coltrane

This is a beautifully packaged compilation into a 4-CD set of radio broadcasts and private recordings that have never before been collected to such an extent in one release. The Miles Davis Quintet with Coltrane, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb...

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12/02/14    Albums

Mark Elf Returns 2014-- Mark Elf

The polished and spirited veteran guitarist Mark Elf has performed with many of the top names in jazz over the years, including Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Lou Donaldson, Freddie Hubbard, and Joe Henderson. Elf also released no less than 10...

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11/25/14    Albums

Settle-- Ken Thomson and Slow / Fast

The ever-shifting textures of Ken Thomson's pre-composed and arranged music provide both an impetus and challenge for the improvisers in his quintet Slow / Fast, and reflect his multifaceted musical personality. The alto saxophonist-bass clarinetist-composer...

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11/18/14    Albums

A Simple Truth-- Ernie Watts Quartet

Saxophonist Ernie Watts has probably garnered the most exposure and respect over the years through his long association with Charlie Haden's Quartet West, and so it's fitting that he offers an "Extra Special Thanks" to the bassist within the jacket of this...

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11/11/14    Albums

Larry Fuller-- Larry Fuller

It's hard to believe that this self-named release is only the second as a leader from the very talented pianist Larry Fuller. He has turned heads through the years as pianist and musical director for Ernestine Anderson, and as a member of the trios of Jeff...

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11/04/14    Albums

Over Time: Music of Bob Brookmeyer-- The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Brookmeyer has been a key figure in the history of this big band, from its start in 1966 as the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, to its becoming the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra when Jones left for Europe in 1978, and then as the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra...

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10/28/14    Albums

For Emotional Use Only-- Rotem Sivan Trio

Sivan came to the United States from Israel in 2008 to study jazz at the New School, and has since become a rising young guitarist on the New York scene, while also performing at jazz festivals around the world. He grew up listening to Baroque music, classic...

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10/21/14    Albums

The New Straight Ahead-- New York Standards Quartet

This is the fourth CD by the New York Standards Quartet (NYSQ), formed in 2006 with the express purpose of bringing a fresh perspective to a repertoire of standards and jazz classics by "redesigning" them melodically, harmonically, and rhythmically. This...

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10/14/14    Albums

The Where-- Myriad3

The Toronto-based Myriad3 is Canada's answer to groups such as The Bad Plus and E.S.T, bearing a similar open-minded perspective and unpredictability. While firmly in the jazz camp, other subtle influences are at play as well, for on their drives to gigs...

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10/07/14    Albums

Soulful Days-- Vanessa Perea

The 26-year-old Perea only came to jazz as a sophomore in college, but she has certainly made up for lost time. Raised in New Jersey by a Cuban mother and Colombian father, Perea listened mostly to salsa, cumbia, and R & B while singing in school...

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09/30/14    Albums

Songs My Mother Loves-- Dee Alexander

One could say that the vinyl record collection of Dee Alexander's mother not only inspired this CD, but was the impetus for her daughter's career as a jazz singer. "I cut my eyeteeth on them," Alexander has said of these sides by artists such as Nina Simone...

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09/23/14    Albums

Floating-- Fred Hersch Trio

Fred Hersch's piano trios have long been among the best in jazz, and his current one with bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson, who succeeded Drew Gress and Nasheet Waits in 2010, is no exception. After this trio's acclaimed CDs Whirl (2010) and...

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09/16/14    Albums

Junity-- Hendrik Meurkens & Misha Tsiganov

The title of this CD combines the word unity with junto, the Brazilian word for together, and it aptly describes the refined rapport between Hendrik Meurkens' harmonica and Misha Tsiganov's piano. Tsiganov, who came to the U.S. from Russia in 1991 to study...

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About Scott Albin

Scott Albin has been a contributing writer to Jazz Times and jazz.com, and has also written for Down Beat as well as such long-forgotten publications as Changes, Zygote, and The Herald. He was an active member of the old New York City promotional organization Jazz Interactions, and worked for many years in publishing in New York, where he haunted the many jazz clubs and lofts. Now he resides in South Florida, where opportunities to hear live jazz are to be cherished, not yawned at.