Jeff Tamarkin

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12/05/16    Albums

Paco and John: Live at Montreux (1987)
Paco de Lucía and John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin has often noted that he discovered flamenco music as a teenager, even before he heard jazz; so hungry was he for exposure to the style that he snuck into flamenco pubs to try to pick up guitar tips. When he heard Paco de Lucía in 1978, McLaughlin...

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11/28/16    Features

Sherrie Maricle: The DIVA in Profile

A lifetime of transcending stereotypes

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11/03/16    Albums

Koan
Spike Wilner

A koan, the CD booklet informs, is “a paradoxical anecdote or riddle, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and to provoke enlightenment.” Having digested that, it makes a reviewer feel almost guilty for attempting to analyze...

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10/29/16    Albums

North
Kevin Hays New Day Trio

The New Day Trio is Kevin Hays on acoustic piano, Rob Jost on bass and Greg Joseph on drums. North is their follow-up to last year’s New Day , but Hays lays off the vocals this time around and keeps guest artists at bay. It’s thus the first purely instrumental...

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10/27/16    Albums

Brasil L.I.K.E.
Ron Carter Quartet & Victoria Maldonado

Ron Carter shares top billing here with the Brazilian vocalist Vitoria Maldonado, but for all of Carter’s bass skills and his undeniable legacy, he and his quartet—pianist Renee Rosnes, drummer Payton Crossley and percussionist Rolando Morales-Matos—are...

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10/25/16    Concerts

“100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella!” Reviewed

Featuring Andra Day, Monica Mancini, Lizz Wright and more

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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...

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09/18/16    Albums

Birdwatching
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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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;...

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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...

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06/27/16    Albums

30
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...

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06/20/16    Photos

Kamasi Washington in Central Park

Sax great performs to overflow crowd

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Jeff Tamarkin joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008