H. Allen Williams
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What instantly sets Asai’s French Trio, Vol. 1 CD apart is his playing and composing style is thankfully void of clichés and is purely about the beauty of melody and the purity of the music.
Sabler conveys a fresh take on Jobim Tribute, as once again the power of Jobim’s music is given yet another wonderful working that is full of sensitivity and sophistication.
Each one of these selections are top shelf, the CD has a great flow and a wonderful cause, with a portion of the proceeds going to support Doctors Without Borders. This is a carryover CD from last year, but if you missed it, be sure to take the time to...
Pianist/composer Lisa Hilton again delivers an outstanding collection of tunes that is focused on balancing the simple and complex. Hilton’s precision as a performer and creative compositions champion the less-is-more approach and should appeal to a wide...
Mattson and Doring truly show they are both veteran performers and take into account each song as a special message and thoughtful addition to the album. The combination of Ellington and Strayhorn tunes as an exploration is genius and truly complimentary...
Life Is... has something for everyone and its creative sounds covers much ground between pop and jazz, but always stays creative. Clynes’ music is positive, upbeat and intelligent and each ensemble setting brings her works to life in its own unique way...
Duo Art: Reverie at Schloss Elmau is excellently recorded and produced and will be a welcomed addition to anyone’s music library. The mixing of classicism and jazz makes this wonderful recording stand out.
Four ears are better than two, well that seems to be the case with Guitarist Dave Askren and Saxophonist Jeff Benedict. The two have combined their ears as co-leaders for a CD entitled, It’s All About The Groove. The ensemble is rounded out with drummer...
With the release of Retroactive, trumpeter Carol Morgan embarks on a departure from her previous works, though still in keeping with roots of previous works
Bernstein focuses on standards that are well known to the guitar community, but his keen musical sense and the interaction of the trio results in highly welcomed and musical versions of these well-known songs.
Manhattan Holiday is the latest recording from Manhattan Brass; a compilation of classic and lesser-known holiday selections, all creatively arranged by Carla Bley and Jack Walrath.
Fractal Attraction is a very intelligent collection of compositions that simultaneously respects the history of the jazz language while pushing the vocabulary forward. Fractal Attraction has a coherent style and compositional elements that allow the group...
Stern has released 7 CDs on various labels, Viewpoint Records, Aardvark Records and Bus Biscuit Records. Stern’s latest release, Romancing the Dark, is a collection of her own original compositions, lyrics and arrangements that reaches out of the jazz idiom...
SMOKE, NO FIRE is a superb set of songs that combines African folk sounds with the sounds of blues, jazz and American folk.
With an artist as wide-ranging and prolific as Forkish, it can be hard to put into words what, exactly, what her music sounds like, but one thing is for sure, Forkish is intent on delivering a story that blends traditional swing, ballads and classic soul...
Percussionist-composer Alex Snydman’s debut release, Fortunate Action, is the culmination of much thought and dedicated patience with a focus on developing are repertoire with like-minded musicians.
About H. Allen Williams
H. Allen Williams joined the JazzTimes community on May 24, 2012