Scott Albin

Scott’s Contributions


07/22/14    Albums

For Us, The Living-- Andrew Hadro

Andrew Hadro's debut CD was inspired by Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013, the year of this recording session. The baritone saxophonist-flutist writes in his note to the CD that "Lincoln's speech urged Americans...


07/15/14    Albums

Stories from the Years of Living Passionately-- Noshir Mody

The self-taught guitarist Noshir Mody was born and raised in Bombay, India, where early on he was inspired by Indian classical music, Al DiMeola's Elegant Gypsy, Bollywood soundtracks, and prominent rock and jazz guitarists. Since coming to New York in 1995...


07/08/14    Albums

Strength In Numbers-- The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra

After Pete McGuinness' last album, Voice Like a Horn, showcased the trombonist, composer, and arranger's Chet Baker-styled vocals, he returns for the second time on CD to the jazz orchestra he formed back in 2006. McGuinness studied with Bob Brookmeyer and...


07/01/14    Albums

Free Fall-- Western Jazz Quartet

Felix Baumgartner's historic sky jump on October 14, 2012 set records for height (24 miles) and free fall speed (843.6 mph), and the evocative music on this CD is both a tribute to, and a soundtrack for, his daring endeavor. The titles of many of the nine...


06/25/14    Albums

This Side of Mestizaje-- Alex Garcia's AfroMantra

Since its formation 13 years ago, drummer Alex Garcia's AfroMantra has become one of the best Latin jazz bands based in New York, and yet this is the first CD since the 2006 Uplifting Spirit brought the group wider media exposure and was named one of the...


06/17/14    Albums

The L.A. Treasures Project-- The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra

The aim of this CD is to pay tribute to the very talented and long admired West Coast vocalists Ernie Andrews and Barbara Morrison, but a third "L.A. Treasure" is celebrated here as well, namely the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (CHJO), formed in 1985...


06/10/14    Albums

Pixel Queen-- Jeremy Manasia

After listening to this superb CD, most should agree that Jeremy Manasia is high on the list of jazz pianists deserving wider recognition. Certainly the expansive expressiveness of Manasia's playing and his credentials warrant such an evaluation. While at...


06/03/14    Albums

In the Nature of Things-- Leslie Pintchik

One would have difficulty thinking of a jazz pianist with a lighter, more pristine touch than that of Leslie Pintchik. The pianist's sound lends itself well to her eight distinctive originals plus one standard on this CD, especially the six tracks featuring...


05/28/14    Albums

Fourteen-- Dan Weiss

Fourteen is drummer Dan Weiss' 37-minute through-composed work that derives its title from the 14 musicians (including himself) that Weiss carefully chose to perform it, many of whom he specifically had in mind when he began the project in 2010. The instrumentation...


05/20/14    Albums

Memoir-- Libby York

Libby York has been compared to so-called Cool School jazz singers such as June Christy, Chris Connor, and Helen Merrill, and also to Diana Krall, but she is perhaps closer in terms of vocal quality and range, precise articulation, and easeful sense of rhythm...


05/13/14    Albums

Another Adventure-- PJ Rasmussen

No sophomore jinx for young guitarist PJ Rasmussen, whose second CD is every bit as rewarding as his Adventures In Flight, one of the best debut releases of 2013. While Adventures touched partially upon the theme of aviation, and Another Adventure reflects...


05/06/14    Albums

The Puppeteers-- Jaime Affoumado, Alex Blake, Arturo O'Farrill, Bill Ware

For six years until its closing in May of 2011, Puppet's Jazz Bar in Brooklyn, NY, served as an incubator of sorts for new projects and ideas from a number of musicians including drummer Jaime Affoumado, bassist Alex Blake, pianist Arturo O'Farrill, and...


04/29/14    Albums

Parallel Moments-- Raymond MacDonald & Marilyn Crispell

The best free jazz is that which retains some semblance of form while also containing sensitive and intuitive interaction between its participants, rather than giving the impression of ships passing blindly and haphazardly through the dark night. These 10...


04/24/14    Albums

Tipping Point-- Jason Anick

Jason Anick at 28 is one of the youngest instructors at Boston's Berklee College of Music, where he teaches jazz violin and mandolin, history of jazz violin, and "Django" ensemble. The New Englander took up classical violin at age five, met Stéphane Grappelli...


04/15/14    Albums

Blippity Blat
Matt Criscuolo

If the food at the four Connecticut restaurants owned by Matt Criscuolo is as good as his alto saxophone, then he must surely have numerous repeat customers. Criscuolo's sound and approach on alto are such that his main influence is hard to pinpoint, for...


04/08/14    Albums

Tribute-- Tim Hegarty

Tim Hegarty's Tribute CD is as much a salute to his receptiveness as a student as it is to the quality of his teachers during his formative years as a saxophonist, namely Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, and George Coleman. His playing is an amalgam of these musicians...

  • Email E-mail
  • Share Share
  • Rss RSS
  • Report Report

About Scott Albin

Scott Albin has been a contributing writer to Jazz Times and, 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.