Bill Meredith

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12/20/15    Albums

Mauch Chunk
Mostly Other People Do the Killing

With traditional acoustic jazz instrumentation but a punk-ish name and attitude, New York City quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing practically demands listeners expect the unexpected. Its eighth release, Mauch Chunk , features longtime members Moppa...

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05/21/15    Albums

70 Strong
Steve Gadd Band

Nearly every listening experience involves expectations based on scenario, instrumentation and personnel. When the occasion is supreme studio drummer Steve Gadd’s 70th birthday recording—with trumpeter Walt Fowler, guitarist Michael Landau, keyboardist Larry...

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12/25/14    Albums

Up
The Stanley Clarke Band

On UP , bassist Stanley Clarke recruits collaborators from his recent past (and some not so recent) and plays both acoustic upright—his forte during the second half of his career—and the electric bass that helped make him a star. UP opens with the decidedly...

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12/22/14    Albums

Protocol II
Simon Phillips

British drummer Simon Phillips is on a recent roll, no pun intended. His work on Japanese keyboardist Hiromi’s 2014 release, Alive , helped make it the best of the three efforts by their Trio Project with bassist Anthony Jackson. And the drummer’s latest...

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11/15/14    Albums

Trilogy
Chick Corea Trio

After half a century as a preeminent jazz composer and musician, 73-year-old keyboardist Chick Corea is in a rare place as an artist who can release practically whatever he wants. In recent years, his incredibly prolific output has included everything from...

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08/28/14    Albums

Alive
Hiromi

If there’s a drawback to all-star groups, it’s that they have little to prove. Which may explain why it took a few years for Japanese pianist Hiromi to find the formula for her vaunted Trio Project, with bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips...

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12/13/13    Albums

Sly Reimagined: The Music of Sly and the Family Stone
Global Noize

Keyboardist Jason Miles’ career highlight reel includes programming on Miles Davis’ albums Tutu and Amandla during the 1980s. Yet his playing has been featured as much or more with soul and R&B artists like Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson, and on tributes...

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02/02/13    DVDs

Live in Marciac
Hiromi

Japanese pianist Hiromi left fans perplexed when she disbanded her trio with fellow Berklee alumni Tony Grey (bass) and Martin Valihora (drums) after several standout releases. Yet that trio, often augmented by guitarist David Fiuczynski, built its incredible...

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01/19/13    Albums

HBC
Scott Henderson/Jeff Berlin/Dennis Chambers

As power trios go, it doesn’t get much more powerful than guitarist Scott Henderson, bassist Jeff Berlin and drummer Dennis Chambers. Like an update of the McLaughlin/Pastorius/Williams “Trio of Doom,” HBC succeeds by putting musicality above its overwhelming...

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12/01/12    Albums

Bop! Bang! Boom!
Grant Geisman

L.A.-based guitarist Grant Geissman made his name with the “contemporary” jazz and commercial work that are so much a part of the Southern California scene. Bop! Bang! Boom! is advertised as his third CD in a trilogy that represents his “shift to more traditional...

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10/25/12    Albums

Into the Air
Jeff Coffin and the Mu'tet

Give saxophonist Jeff Coffin credit for truth in advertising, since his Mu’tet band has mutated again. Into the Air , like its 2008 studio predecessor, Mutopia , features keyboardist/flutist Kofi Burbridge and bassist Felix Pastorius, son of Jaco. But Coffin...

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09/04/11    Albums

Platinum
The Headhunters

Herbie Hancock learned how to be ahead of his time while working with Miles Davis in the 1960s and 1970s, and proved it by one-upping his mentor in 1973. Hancock had just recorded on Davis’ 1972 release On the Corner, which was heavily influenced by the...

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08/01/11    Albums

Parting Shot
Steve Khan

On his new album, Parting Shot , the underrated guitarist Steve Khan continues exploring a Latin sensibility and reunites his ’90s-era Eyewitness quartet of bassist Anthony Jackson, drummer Dennis Chambers and percussionist Manolo Badrena, adding Marc Quinones...

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06/17/11    Albums

Duet
Jeff Coffin and Jeff Sipe

Before listening to Duet , it might be best to forget everything you already know about its creators—which may be little about drummer Jeff Sipe (a founding member of the Georgia-based, genre-bending fusion band Aquarium Rescue Unit) and perhaps a bit more...

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March 2011    Albums

Live at Voce
Steve Gadd and Friends

With a 40-year career of recordings that includes classics by everyone from George Benson, Chick Corea and Jaco Pastorius to Eric Clapton, Paul Simon and Steely Dan, Steve Gadd has a well-deserved reputation as the ultimate session drummer. Gadd doesn’t...

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March 2011    Albums

Dirty & Beautiful: Vol. I
Gary Husband

Most musical multi-taskers play a variety of similar instruments: Branford Marsalis an array of saxophones; Alex Acuña drums and percussion; John Medeski piano and organ. Gary Husband, on the other hand, went from being one of the great drummers with guitarist...

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About Bill Meredith

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Bill Meredith joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008