Owen Cordle

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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...


October 2007    Albums

A Night in the Life: Live at the Jazz Standard, Vol. 3
Frank Morgan

If you think you’ve heard these half-dozen bebop standards too many times before, reconnect via Frank Morgan’s jubilant alto saxophone expression, nimble lines and personal approach to the changes. There are lessons to be learned throughout this 2003 set...


October 2007    Albums

A Whole New Ballgame
Boots Randolph

Did a young Bennie Wallace listen to Boots Randolph? A Nashville to Chattanooga connection, perhaps? Maybe not, but there are tonal shadings, attacks and phrasing throughout this album that recall Wallace, albeit not as exaggerated as the latter. This thought...


October 2007    Albums

Daybreak-Lyrical Jazz
Al Gallodoro

If Al Gallodoro’s name isn’t familiar, endorsements by Jimmy Dorsey (“The best saxophone player that ever lived”), Benny Golson (“This guy from the past turned me upside down”), Paquito D’Rivera, Buddy DeFranco and Eddie Daniels should pique your interest...


July/August 2007    Albums

The Joker
Bob Rockwell

The ’60s appears to be the era that most influenced American tenor man Bob Rockwell, as evidenced by his titling this album after “The Joker,” a tune by Lee Morgan from his 1964 Blue Note album Search for the New Land. Rockwell, who has lived in Copenhagen...


July/August 2007    Albums

Jerome Sabbagh

Sabbagh, who was born in Paris and moved to the United States at age 20 to study at Berklee, is a refreshing, cliché-free young tenor and soprano saxophonist. In this, his second album as a leader and one including only his compositions, he creates moods...


July/August 2007    Albums

Analog Man
Ernie Watts

The title refers to Watts’ saying, “I’m an analog man in a digital world.” Well, if we’re talking the absence of electronic instruments on this album, the statement is true. But if we’re talking antiquated saxophony, forget it. The tenor and soprano man...

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