Scott Albin

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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04/01/14    Albums

Magic 201-- Frank Wess

If only every elder statesman of jazz could cap a career as Frank Wess did with his two definitive CDs Magic 101 and Magic 201, recorded just two years before his death in 2013 at the age of 91. The sessions from June and September 2011 that resulted respectively...

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03/25/14    Albums

Blue Divide-- Rob Derke & The NYJAZZ Quartet

Rob Derke's NY JAZZ Quartet is a performing arm of the NYJAZZ Initiative, a non-profit organization that seeks "to build audiences and further Jazz Arts" and thus "designs and conducts programs for thousands of students in New York City and around the country...

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03/18/14    Albums

With the Wind and the Rain-- Joshua Breakstone

Joshua Breakstone's 20th album since 1983 stands out from the others with the inclusion of Mike Richmond's cello on four tracks, an idea inspired by the guitarist's late friend, bassist and promoter Mitsuru Nishiyama. During two of the most recent of Breakstone...

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03/11/14    Albums

A Warm Embrace-- T.K. Blue

T.K. Blue, aka Talib Kibwe, is best known for his long tenure as saxophonist, flutist, arranger, and musical director with Randy Weston, who he joined in 1980 after three years with Abdullah Ibrahim. Blue is also Director of Jazz Studies at Long Island University...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.