H. Allen Williams
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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.
Mirror of the Mind is another great installment in the interesting, endeavors and ever growing catalog of pianist/composer Earl MacDonald, Chamber Jazz at its best.
Greco’s new CD, Trane of Thought, has eight original compositions performed by a group of players that know how to play groove-based dynamic music.
Boston-area vocalist Lynn Jolicoeur and her band The Pulse have been performing at top jazz venues and arts festivals in the Boston area, to rave audience response since 2008. Jolicoeur and The Pulse have now put that magic in a recorded documentation which...
Though Beat Funktion is calling upon the 60’s and 70’s funk concepts for a foundation, this group has taken the concept much further and created their own unique take with a modern day sound, while still maintaining an authenticity of raw, funky grooves...
Binney again furthers his command of composing and group-leading with Lifted Land, appearing to focus on composing and group conception more than improvising. Overall, Binney's tunes are anthemic, evocative, yet prepared to venture into abstract terrain.
Roberts is stunning soloists with considerable technique, inspiring the listener with natural phrasing with a big rounded tone, which is never clichéd.
Harrold is proof positive that contemplative piano jazz, underpinned with a New Age touch is just the right mix in today’s evolving jazz palette.
The concept of this album is slow motivic development. I wanted to break free from the fast-paced New York jazz world where such development, if ideas are even connected, often happens so quickly you can’t absorb it, or breathe it in
About H. Allen Williams
H. Allen Williams joined the JazzTimes community on May 24, 2012