H. Allen Williams
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Music of Departures and Returns is an enjoyable collection of styles and sounds from around the world presented with heart felt joy and clarity. The music will certainly leave the listener with a joyful and playful feeling; Peñas’ focus on making good...
If you enjoy the sounds of the Pat Metheny Group, especially the era of First Circle and Letter From Home, you will certainly want to say Hello to Storyboard.
Overall, this is a very enjoyable CD, the compositions are excellent vehicles for the band to improvise on and the audience is committed to the project. The band is top-shelf and all eight selections are full of strong musical moments that keep things moving...
Avey recorded two separate Haitian drumming groups and then transcribed the rhythms for inspiration for the five compositions that comprise the suite. Avey travelled to Haiti to visit and record a Voodoo ceremony in the small village of Soukri, near the...
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...
About H. Allen Williams
H. Allen Williams joined the JazzTimes community on May 24, 2012