Scott Albin

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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...


08/06/13    Albums

Chip Stephens Trio

Stephens was a key factor in the success of trombonist Curtis Fuller's two most recent CDs (Down Home and I Will Tell Her), but it is on his own fourth release as a leader, a trio date with bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer Joel Spencer, that the pianist...


07/30/13    Albums

Live at Birdland & More!-- Django Festival Allstars 2012

As long as each new generation produces musicians attracted by the spirit, artistry, and distinctive flavor of Gypsy jazz, the genre will long endure, aided by Hot Clubs and related festivals worldwide. The music on this CD is taken from the 14th annual...


07/23/13    Albums

Duke at the Roadhouse Live In Santa Fe
Eddie Daniels & Roger Kellaway

Eddie Daniels was a promising young tenor saxophonist with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra in 1966 when he was invited to participate in a jam session in New York led by Duke Ellington. 56 years later, Daniels' fond memories of that occasion helped...


07/16/13    Albums

Latin Jazz/Jazz Latin-- Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet

While Latin jazz permeates Wayne Wallace's previous recordings, the versatile trombonist's seventh release on his own Patois label is the first devoted exclusively to the genre. The five-time Grammy nominee displays a deep knowledge and broad view of Latin...


07/10/13    Albums

Amsterdam Meets New Tango-- Pablo Ziegler & Metropole Orkest

Pianist Pablo Ziegler will always be remembered for his auspicious role from 1978 to 1989 in Astor Piazzolla's transcendent New Tango Quintet. Upon Piazzolla's death in 1992, Ziegler became a key force in New Tango, his mentor's innovative blend of tango...


07/02/13    Albums

Magic 101
Frank Wess

The title refers not to a smooth jazz radio station, but rather combines the moniker of Frank Wess with a number that typically designates a basic course of study, and indeed this CD contains a series of lessons in how to properly perform a standard pop...


06/25/13    Albums

Moment and the Message-- Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense

Finlayson has recorded with such rising artists as Steve Lehman, Mary Halvorson, and David Virelles, but is best known for his long tenure with Steve Coleman's Five Elements, which he joined as an 18-year-old in 2000. The fluid and flexible trumpeter contributed...

06/18/13    Community Articles

Neil Alexander and Billy Lester-- Solo jazz piano at its best

Each year a number of outstanding solo jazz piano CDs are released, and two stand-outs so far in 2013 are Neil Alexander's Darn That Dream: Solo Piano Vol. 1, and Billy Lester's Storytime. Both pianists are based in towns just above New York City, Alexander...

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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.