Scott Albin

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11/19/13    Albums

Four of a Kind-- Miami Saxophone Quartet

The Miami Saxophone Quartet may be a bit more mainstream than the World Saxophone Quartet, but it is certainly no less engaging. Founded in 1996 by soprano saxophonist Gary Keller, the MSQ consists of Keller, Gary Lindsay on alto, Ed Calle on tenor, and...


11/12/13    Albums

Game Changer-- The Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band

There have been a number of essentially or exclusively one-instrument bands in jazz, from Bill Lee's New York Bass Violin Choir to Max Roach's M'Boom, but perhaps none have come as close to capturing the textures and sonorities of a conventional big band...


11/05/13    Albums

Books On Tape Vol. 1
Craig Hartley

The 31-year-old Hartley's relatively belated debut CD was well worth the wait, as it presents in a mostly trio setting his impressive talents as a pianist and composer. Originally out on the Italian Skidoo label in 2012, Hartley has seen fit to release it...


10/31/13    Albums

Let It Snow
New York Voices

What a year 2013 has been for the New York Voices. First came the release of their superb live in concert recording with the WDR Big Band Cologne, and now their long-in-formulation, much anticipated Christmas album to conclude the group's 25th anniversary...


10/29/13    Albums

Final Night at Birdland-- Arturo O'Farrill and The Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra

The Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Chico's pianist son Arturo, began a regular Monday night residency at Birdland in New York in 1997. Despite Chico's death in 2001, and Arturo founding his own Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra...


10/22/13    Albums

Free Flying
Fred Hersch and Julian Lage

Fred Hersch's piano has been heard in a number of duet settings over the years, but this is only the second with a guitarist since his collaboration with Bill Frisell in 1998 (Songs We Know). Julian Lage was a child prodigy, invited to play with Carlos Santana...


10/15/13    Albums

The Road Ahead

The Morocco-born Albert Dadon came to Australia from France at the age of 27, where the guitarist immersed himself in the acid jazz scene, adopted the stage name of Albare, and later became the director of the Melbourne Jazz Festival and the founder of the...


10/08/13    Albums

Maybe September
Ken Peplowski

Peplowski has long been one of the elite jazz clarinetists of his time, although his ability on tenor saxophone could alone have easily sustained a career. One thing that sets Peplowski apart from many of his peers is his refreshingly eclectic repertoire...


10/01/13    Albums

Suit-Up!-- Matt Kane Trio

Matt Kane's state-of-the-art drumming elevates this guitar-organ hookup to the level of the sublime. Kane paid his dues on the Kansas City jazz scene, where he spent two years with saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen's Deans of Swing and also worked with such artists...


09/24/13    Albums

Just Play!
Tom Kennedy

Bassist Tom Kennedy assembled an impressive group for his fourth CD as a leader, including tenor saxophonist George Garzone, trumpeter Tim Hagans, guitarists Mike Stern and Lee Ritenour, pianist Renee Rosnes, and drummer Dave Weckl. Kennedy has achieved...


09/17/13    Albums

Adventures in Flight-- P.J. Rasmussen

This is one of the best debut releases so far in 2013, revealing as it does the promising talents of P.J. Rasmussen as a guitarist, composer, and arranger. Now in his early 20's, Rasmussen took up the guitar at age 10 while listening to artists like Stevie...


09/10/13    Albums

Voice Like a Horn-- Pete McGuinness

The accomplished trombonist and arranger Pete McGuinness only took up singing in earnest in his late 20's, but has since become equally proficient as an instrumentalist and vocalist. McGuinness was a semi-finalist in the 1994 Thelonious Monk Vocalist Competition...


09/05/13    Albums

Less is More-- Rich Thompson

In his infinite wisdom, drummer Rich Thompson brought in Terell Stafford for this recording session. Stafford has slowly but surely become one of the preeminent jazz trumpeters, stealing the show as a sideman on a number of CDs, not to mention his own most...


08/27/13    Albums

It's Personal
Mike Wofford

If it's true that you are judged by the company you keep, then pianist Mike Wofford gets high marks for his past associations with such jazz luminaries as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Benny Carter, Stan Getz, and Shelly Manne, among others. Wofford has...


08/20/13    Albums

Spirits Live at The Jazz Estate-- Jamie Breiwick

Milwaukee is not considered a Mecca of jazz, but like many other smaller U.S. cities outside of the New York-Chicago-Los Angeles axis it is home to talented jazz musicians and educators who also help promote their jazz scenes. A prime example is trumpeter...


08/13/13    Albums

Thou Swell-- Richard Lanham

Lanham is a woefully unheralded singer who recorded this CD in 1999, only to have it get "lost in the shuffle" and not be released until 2013. On Lanham's website is a link to a positive 1999 review of this music, which was apparently slated to come out...

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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.