Owen Cordle

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May 2011    Albums

Cast the First Stone
The Cookers

This band takes its name from The Night of the Cookers , the 1965 Blue Note live set recorded by trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan. On this second release, Blue Note values prevail: hard-driving rhythms; soulful solos; exuberant ensemble work; a...


April 2011    Albums

Jerry Bergonzi

This is a continuation of Simply Put and Three for All , Jerry Bergonzi’s previous two Savant albums. Convergence contains the same personnel (bassist Dave Santoro and drummer Andrea Michelutti, with pianist Bruce Barth listed on two tracks) and the same...


March 2010    Albums

Heath Brothers

This album finds the Heath Brothers quartet in excellent form despite the absence of bassist Percy Heath. It’s the group’s first album since Percy’s death in 2005, and David Wong is a hard-swinging, well-rounded replacement. Tenor and soprano saxophonist...


January/February 2010    Albums

Azure Te
Reuben Wilson

Longtime jazz fans can remember organist Reuben Wilson as a soul-jazz trendsetter in the 1960s and early ’70s, when he recorded five albums for Blue Note. The late-’80s generation would discover him via samples from these incorporated into acid-jazz and...


November 2009    Albums

Gerald Wilson Orchestra

This album documents Gerald Wilson’s six-part suite commissioned to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Detroit International Jazz Festival. It is completed by a couple of stand-alone tracks. Like most of Wilson’s big-band writing, there are long stretches...


November 2008    Albums

Certified Organic
Pete Levin

Pete Levin is best known to jazz fans as the synthesizer player in Gil Evans’ band for 15 years beginning in the early ’70s. (He initially played French horn in the group.) He also played keyboards for eight years in the Jimmy Giuffre 4. In addition, his...


October 2008    Albums

Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra recorded this two-CD set during an eight-night stand, celebrating 42 years of Monday night gigs at the storied club. It’s dedicated to Dennis Irwin, their longtime bassist, who died of cancer a month later. (He does not appear...


September 2008    Albums

Soul House
Christian Winther

This is Danish tenor saxophonist Christian Winther’s third SteepleChase album, a quintet date with trumpeter Marcus Printup, pianist Richard Doron Johnson, bassist Carlos Henriquez and drummer Ali Jackson. The music, all originals except Thelonious Monk’s...


August 2008    Albums

Invisible Cities
Pete Malinverni

This album isn’t travel poster art. No self-respecting jazz musician would be so obvious. There must be irony, a deeper, sometimes darker or sometimes obliquely brighter perspective. This is the feeling you get from pianist and composer Pete Malinverni’s...


August 2008    Albums

The Way I Play
Bobby Broom

If you want a jazz definition of “stretching out,” listen to this live album, in which we find Bobby Broom’s longtime trio elongating and compressing familiar melodies and the beat in exploratory fashion. Without trying to pin jazz down, it’s tempting to...


June 2008    Albums

Musically Yours
Paul Carr

Based on this album, a tribute to Joe Henderson, Carr is a Texas tenor man to reckon with. Born and reared in Houston, where he soaked up the sounds of Don Wilkerson and Arnett Cobb, and educated at Texas Southern University and Washington D.C.’s Howard...


June 2008    Albums

Live in London
Gene Harris

Recorded in 1996 with British musicians Jim Mullen (guitar), Andrew Cleyndert (bass) and Martin Drew (drums), this set finds pianist Harris in typically rousing form. One minute he’s tinkling along understated and easy like Basie and the next he’s rolling...


June 2008    Albums

Everything Starts Now
Michael Pedicin

This is Philadelphia tenor saxophonist (and psychologist) Pedicin’s seventh album. The music, with his year-old quintet, is ensemble-oriented and contemporary. Pedicin’s big tone and muscular lines can evoke John Coltrane and Michael Brecker, but there are...


June 2008    Albums

Strike Up the Band
Dave Stryker

For fans accustomed to Stryker’s guitar work with alto saxophonist Steve Slagle, this 2003 quartet session with pianist Xavier Davis, bassist Andy McKee and drummer Billy Hart may prove slightly more introspective. A fine album, it catches Stryker building...


December 2007    Albums

Steve Marcus Project
Steve Marcus Project

Tenor and soprano saxophonist Steve Marcus (1939-2005) died before this album, begun in 2003, was completed. A quartet date with guitarist Bill Bickford, bassist Rick Petrone and drummer Joe Corsello, it is filled out with a couple of tracks recorded by...


November 2007    Albums

Live at the Kennedy Center
Rufus Reid

This set by Reid’s quintet contains not only a CD but also a companion DVD with an extra performance and a lengthy interview with the leader. “I have been given a gift,” Reid says, and he speaks of new life as a composer. His career (as bassist for Eddie...

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