Owen Cordle

Owen’s Contributions


11/19/13    Albums

Louie's Dream: For Our Jazz Heroes
Eli Yamin/Evan Christopher

The heroes pianist Eli Yamin and clarinetist Evan Christopher honor on this album include not only Louis Armstrong but also Barney Bigard, Duke Ellington, Sidney Bechet, Mary Lou Williams, Mahalia Jackson, Amiri Baraka, John Coltrane and Mercedes Ellington...


10/03/13    Albums

Remembering Billie
Scott Hamilton

Here we have a typically swinging set by tenorman Scott Hamilton, the majority of which features songs recorded by singer Billie Holiday before World War II—her more carefree period, as mentioned in Bob Porter’s liner notes. Accompanied by pianist Tim Ray...


09/03/13    Albums

Magic 101
Frank Wess

Former Count Basie Band saxophonist Frank Wess, 89 at the time of this 2011 recording, is in classic form throughout. Accompanied by pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Winard Harper, he employs his tenor saxophone exclusively—no flute...


07/20/13    Albums

Birch Hall Concerts Live
The Bechet Legacy

Soprano saxophonist and clarinetist Bob Wilber formed the Bechet Legacy in the late ’70s. He had studied with Sidney Bechet as a teenager in the ’40s, and it was a fitting time to formally honor his late mentor. On this two-CD set, recorded in England in...


04/12/13    Albums

Eric Alexander

Eric Alexander, on the scene since the early 1990s, is from the masculine school of tenor saxophone rhapsody. Throughout Touching , an album of ballads, he projects melodic conviction, deep feeling and mature expression. There is a blues and gospel influence...


02/22/13    Albums

Bill Evans

This two-CD set is a considerable emotional distance from the definitive and introspective Bill Evans Trio heard on the revered Sunday at the Village Vanguard from 1961. Recorded 11 years later at a concert in Groningen, the Netherlands, Momentum proceeds...


01/29/13    Albums

'Round Midnight
Harry Allen & Scott Hamilton

“My Melancholy Baby” opens this two-tenor session in an easygoing groove with laidback, swinging saxophone solos reminiscent of Zoot Sims and Al Cohn. This is the third recorded meeting of Harry Allen and Scott Hamilton, and it’s a characteristically happy...


10/23/12    Albums

Big Fun(k) Live
Don Braden and Karl Latham

Big Fun(k) is a synchronized rhythm machine. Not that it sounds mechanical; rather, each player primarily emphasizes rhythm, and all the parts interconnect—drum backbeats, bass grooves, keyboard riffs and colors and (mostly) pentatonic tenor saxophone figures...


10/03/12    Albums

Tommy Igoe and the Birdland Big Band

The Birdland Big Band is bold and brash. “We play loud and fast and we don’t dwell on the past,” leader and drummer Tommy Igoe says in the liner notes for this debut album. Igoe has rhythm in his blood. His father, Sonny Igoe, played drums in the late swing...


07/10/12    Albums

The Creep
Ted Nash

The Creep is saxophonist Ted Nash’s foray into free jazz. The instrumentation is the same as Ornette Coleman’s groundbreaking quartet of 1959: alto, trumpet (Ron Horton), bass (Paul Sikivie) and drums (Ulysses Owens Jr.). But, as you would expect, the result...


03/18/12    Albums

To My Surprise
Mike Longo Trio + 2

You get the feeling in listening to Mike Longo that the pianist is always in complete control of his performances: no errant phrases, no unintended rhythms or ill-timed placement of notes, no treading water in his choruses. His playing aligns with the swinging...


02/21/12    Albums

Keep the Faith
Roger Humphries

Pittsburgh drummer Roger Humphries is perhaps best known for his three-year stint with the Horace Silver Quintet in the mid-’60s, during which the group recorded the Blue Note albums Song for My Father , The Cape Verdean Blues and The Jody Grind . Appropriately...


02/16/12    Albums

Con Brio!
Ali Ryerson

Ali Ryerson’s flute playing, Pete Levin’s arrangements and noted sidemen combine to make this album artistically satisfying as well as commercially viable. The ensemble sound is contemporary, the recording quality reminiscent of CTI label productions of...


01/05/12    Albums

Deep Blue Organ Trio

In my well-worn copy of the third edition of the All Music Guide to Jazz , Stevie Wonder is mentioned 42 times—more than Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Arlen or Cole Porter. It was inevitable that jazz musicians would discover Wonder. For the generation that came...


12/07/11    Albums

The Dawn of Light
Tineke Postma

Dutch alto and soprano saxophonist Tineke Postma’s playing is supple and nuanced, to the point where her tone can suggest Lee Konitz. Sometimes she flits airily from note to note and sometimes she fidgets with phrases and releases flurries of notes or tonal...


11/28/11    Albums

The Jazz Ballad Song Book
Randy Brecker with DR Big Band

This is a lush, cinematic affair with trumpet soloist Brecker backed by the 19-piece Danish Radio Big Band and the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, with Michael Bojesen conducting. The charts—by band members Gerard Presencer, Vincent Nilsson and Peter...

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