Scott Albin

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03/04/14    Albums

Organ Monk: American Standard-- Greg Lewis

This is the third stirring Organ Monk CD from organist Greg Lewis, but the first to focus on ten standards that Thelonious Monk enjoyed playing and mostly recorded, rather than on the pianist's own compositions. One may wonder in listening to the Organ Monk...


02/25/14    Albums

Sweet Shadow-- Pete Mills

The Canadian Pete Mills has long resided in Columbus, OH, where the polished and arresting saxophonist leads a local group, is a featured soloist with trumpeter Byron Stripling's Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and teaches at nearby Denison University. For his...


02/18/14    Albums

Anthem for a New Day-- Helen Sung

Helen Sung began studying classical piano at the age of five, and it wasn't until years later at the University of Texas that she discovered jazz and transitioned over to jazz courses while receiving both a Bachelor and Master's of Music in Classical Piano...


02/11/14    Albums

Lucky People-- Moutin Factory Quintet

The twin Moutin Brothers, Francois and Louis, have made their marks over the years as co-leaders of the Moutin Reunion Quartet, and as much-in-demand sideman due to the mastery of their respective instruments, bass and drums. After five well-received recordings...


02/04/14    Albums

Gathering Call-- Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski

The infinitely flexible and open-minded drummer Matt Wilson is best known among many projects for his groups Arts & Crafts and the Matt Wilson Quartet. Heard here is the transformed Quartet, with cornetist Kirk Knuffke replacing alto saxophonist-clarinetist...


01/28/14    Albums

Throwback-- Jake Hertzog

The dynamic young guitarist Jake Hertzog has successfully straddled the worlds of jazz and rock, and this CD is already his fourth with a core trio that includes bassist Harvie S and drummer Victor Jones. Hertzog has also been the lead guitarist for Nickelodeon...


01/21/14    Albums

Connection Caracas - New York-- Alí Bello

The New York-based, extremely versatile, classically-trained Venezuelan violinist Alí Bello has performed in numerous genres, including jazz, pop, R & B, Middle Eastern, flamenco, and many South American styles. For this CD, Bello's focus to some extent...


01/14/14    Albums

Limitless-- Stranahan / Zaleski / Rosato

One of the best piano trio jazz releases in recent memory is this cooperative venture from pianist Glenn Zaleski, bassist Rick Rosato, and drummer Colin Stranahan. Their second CD (after Anticipation in 2011) displays the trio's exceptional intuitive interaction...


01/07/14    Albums

It's Not That Far-- The Matthew Finck / Jonathan Ball Project

Although guitarist Matthew Finck and saxophonist Jonathan Ball met fortuitously many years ago as invited guests to the same wedding, this CD is the first to document their musical rapport and combined talents as players and composers. Finck's credits include...


12/30/13    Albums

Rhodopa-- Hristo Vitchev and Liubomir Krastev

Those followers expecting yet another enjoyable collaboration between guitarist Hristo Vitchev and pianist Weber Iago may be disappointed to learn instead of this series of duets between Vitchev and clarinetist Liubomir Krastev, but rest assured that this...


12/24/13    Albums

Project Them-- Bob Franceschini and Mark Sherman

As classmates at the High School of Music and Art in New York, Bob Franceschini and Mark Sherman hoped to one day form their own group together, and now many years later the veteran tenor saxophonist and vibraphonist have achieved that goal with their new...


12/18/13    Albums

Alchemy-- Amir ElSaffar

Doris Duke Performing Artist Award winner Amir ElSaffar is one of the few trumpeters capable of playing microtones on that instrument, as well as being an accomplished Iraqi maqam singer. The Iraqi-American was born and raised in Chicago, and studied classical...


12/11/13    Community Articles

50 of the Top Jazz CDs for 2013

This writer's 3rd annual list of 50 of the best jazz releases, circa 2013, doesn't come close to containing all the excellent new CDs that he was privileged enough to hear during the year. As usual, the list is in alphabetical order, thus in that sense playing...


12/10/13    Albums

Shiny Metal Objects-- The Elec Tet

Drummer Ben Scholz originally formed the Chicago-based Elec Tet as a '70's jazz fusion tribute band, but it quickly evolved into so much more as original compositions were brought into the mix. For the Elec Tet's debut CD, the core group of Scholz, pianist...


12/03/13    Albums

Plays Well With Others
Mike Jones Trio

Mike Jones has been playing the one hour opening set before the Penn & Teller magic and comedy shows in Las Vegas since 2002, the first 40 minutes with Penn Jillette himself on bass and the remaining 20 minutes unaccompanied. Those familiar with this...


11/26/13    Albums

Dyad Plays Puccini-- Lou Caimano / Eric Olsen

One may listen to this enthralling CD and wonder why more jazz musicians are not attracted to the strength and beauty of these Puccini themes and arias, many of which should be familiar to even those listeners least interested in or fond of opera. For this...

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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.