Jeff Tamarkin

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09/19/16    Albums

Habana Dreams
The Pedrito Martinez Group

Pedrito Martinez, the Cuban-born percussionist whose 2013 Motéma leader debut earned him a Grammy nomination, is celebrating big-time on the follow-up. With U.S.-Cuban relations having thawed, the longtime New York resident convened his group and headed...


09/18/16    Albums

Anat Fort Trio/Gianluigi Trovest

Birdwatching unfolds in that oh-so-familiar ECM way, as if its creators have all the time in the world to say what they have to say. Anat Fort, the Israeli pianist, volunteers to make the first statement, solo, for little more than two minutes, on “First...


08/04/16    Albums

Rows and Rows
Keefe Jackson/Jason Adasiewicz

The duet is one of the purest expressions in jazz: unfiltered, unsullied and confidential by its very nature. Tenor saxophonist and bass clarinetist Keefe Jackson and vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz—regulars within Chicago’s AACM-inspired improvisational music...


07/31/16    Albums

The Third Decade
One for All

Twenty years on (the album title, a bit of a misnomer, indicates that they’re entering their third decade), the sextet One for All defines—as much as any outfit today—the contemporary supergroup: saxophonist Eric Alexander, trumpeter Jim Rotondi, trombonist...


07/30/16    Albums

Hidden Voices
Aruán Ortiz Trio

It would be easy for Aruán Ortiz to take the well-trodden Latin-jazz piano-trio path, and there are times on Hidden Voices when he goes there. It seems nearly defiant when he does though, as if the Cuban-born leader, working here with bassist Eric Revis...


07/27/16    Albums

American Tunes
Allen Toussaint

Sadly, American Tunes will mark the swan song of Allen Toussaint, the songwriter, pianist, producer and arranger so synonymous with late-20th-century New Orleans music that the city might as well just name the airport after him today and be done with it...


07/12/16    Albums

The Ludwigsburg Concert
Lyle Mays Quartet

Whether intentionally or not, Lyle Mays seems to have perpetrated one of jazz’s great disappearing acts. For more than three decades, beginning in the mid-’70s, he was an integral component of the Pat Metheny Group, as keyboardist, composer and arranger;...


07/01/16    Albums

Imagine That
Daniel Freedman

If Imagine That often feels like truly international music, just peruse its personnel: Drummer/leader Daniel Freedman and keyboardist Jason Lindner are New Yorkers, but they are joined by Africans (guitarist Lionel Loueke and guest vocalist Angélique Kidjo...


06/27/16    Albums

Trio Da Paz

Sometimes the landmark anniversaries sneak up on you. Perhaps because this is only their seventh release (plus one accompanying Kenny Barron), it doesn’t seem like three decades have passed since guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Nilson Matta and drummer...


06/20/16    Photos

Kamasi Washington in Central Park

Sax great performs to overflow crowd


06/09/16    Concerts

Nattjazz and Nutshell in Norway

Where jazz means “no boundaries”


05/27/16    Albums

One Child Left Behind
The Ed Palermo Big Band

Over the course of four previous albums, the Ed Palermo Big Band has fashioned a career out of recasting the music of Frank Zappa in large-format jazz settings—according to Palermo’s website, some 300 arrangements of Zappa compositions in all. This time...


05/23/16    Albums

Paquito & Manzanero
Paquito D'Rivera

Paquito & Manzanero is one of those tributes/collaborations that only seems long overdue once you’re listening to it; you may never have considered these two Latin music titans a natural match, but as the album’s 10 tracks play out, it makes perfect sense...


05/17/16    Albums

Work Songs
Jaimeo Brown Transcendence

The challenge here for drummer-composer Jaimeo Brown and his collaborator and co-producer in Transcendence, guitarist Chris Sholar, was to avoid reducing Work Songs to a history lesson. The follow-up to 2013’s well-received Transcendence , Work Songs grafts...


05/01/16    Albums

Fred Hersch

Sarabande is a straight-up reissue of one of Fred Hersch’s first recordings, and it features the pianist in a trio setting with bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Joey Baron in 1986. Re-releasing the nine-track set sans bonus tracks or any other embellishments...


04/14/16    Albums

Our Father Who Art Blakey
Valery Ponomarev Jazz Big Band

Valery Ponomarev was 30 when he defected from Soviet Russia for the United States in 1973. Four years later the trumpeter was a core member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, touring and contributing to several recordings before bowing out to go the solo route...

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About Jeff Tamarkin


Jeff Tamarkin joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008