Bill Beuttler

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11/19/14    Albums

The Testament of Solomon
John Zorn

Someone whose introduction to John Zorn came from dipping into the Masada Marathon at this past summer’s Newport Jazz Festival might be surprised by the composer’s quieter side. If the idea of Masada is, as Zorn has said, “to produce a sort of radical Jewish...

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11/18/14    Albums

New Song
Omer Avital

Omer Avital’s New Song picks up where his marvelous Suite of the East left off two years ago, with more of the rich mix of modern jazz and the music of his multicultural roots that the bassist-composer thrives on. The core quintet has changed slightly, with...

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11/01/14    Albums

Duologue
Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash

Duo albums featuring sax and drums aren’t unheard of, but earlier pairings—John Coltrane and Rashied Ali, Max Roach on one each with Anthony Braxton and Archie Shepp, David Murray and Kahil El’Zabar, to name a few—have usually leaned toward the avant-garde...

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10/25/14    Albums

Inevitable Western
The Bad Plus

This has been a productive year for the Bad Plus. After releasing nothing as a unit in 2013, the “avant-garde populists” have brought out two albums in 2014, their Inevitable Western arriving just five months after their ambitious trio arrangement of Stravinsky’s...

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10/18/14    Albums

Inevitable Western
The Bad Plus

This has been a productive year for the Bad Plus. After releasing nothing as a unit in 2013, the “avant-garde populists” have brought out two albums in 2014, their Inevitable Western arriving just five months after their ambitious trio arrangement of Stravinsky’s...

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08/06/14    Concerts

Review: The Newport Jazz Festival 2014

At 60, not only still going, but still growing

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07/23/14    Albums

Bloom
JD Allen

JD Allen writes in his album notes that “Technically Bloom draws from three sources, 20th-century classical music, the American songbook and jazz improvisation.” But two of Allen’s tenor sax predecessors—John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins—are much in evidence...

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06/06/14    Albums

The Boston Record
John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension

Guitarist and composer John McLaughlin made his name in fusion and carries its torch decades later. Last year he and his current band the 4th Dimension—Gary Husband on keyboards and drums, Étienne M’Bappé on electric bass, Ranjit Barot on drums and vocals—wrapped...

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06/04/14    Concerts

Concert Review: Miguel Zenón at the SFJAZZ Center, May 22-25

Respecting the past, and moving forward

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04/07/14    Concerts

Concert Review: Jason Moran's Fats Waller Dance Party

Berklee Performance Center, Boston, April 4

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04/03/14    Albums

Rocket Science
Evan Parker/Craig Taborn/Sam Pluta/Peter Evans

Some forward-looking albums can serve as great casual listening. But Rocket Science , four sonic explorations performed live by a collaborative quartet in London, isn’t one of them. On tenor and soprano saxophones is Evan Parker, long a leading light of...

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03/18/14    Concerts

Concert Review: Vijay Iyer Trio with Special Guest Robert Pinsky/PoemJazz

Cambridge collaboration is experimental but embraceable

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03/14/14    Albums

Check Cashing Day
Bobby Watson & the "I Have a Dream" Project

Bobby Watson may seem an unlikely firebrand, but that doesn’t mean he lacks political consciousness. The veteran alto saxophonist’s new album celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech simultaneously chides society...

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01/20/14    Albums

Adopted Highway
Dave King Trucking Company

Dave King Trucking Company—King (of the Bad Plus fame) on “drums and cymbals,” Erik Fratzke on electric guitar, Adam Linz on acoustic bass, Chris Speed and Brandon Wozniak on tenor saxes—is back at it with a second album, Adopted Highway —“it” meaning playfully...

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12/21/13    Albums

Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project
Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd

Pianist Vijay Iyer’s third collaboration with hip-hop artist Mike Ladd started in 2009, when they began interviewing post-9/11 military veterans about their dreams. “Everyone dreams,” the duo explains in album notes, “but PTSD nightmares and stress dreams...

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12/17/13    Albums

Free Flying
Fred Hersch & Julian Lage

Pianist Fred Hersch and guitarist Julian Lage are similarly masterful players and likeminded souls. Though primarily jazz improvisers, they share affinities for new collaborations, classical forms and soft yet intense dynamics. If they’re more than a generation...

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Bill Beuttler joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 13, 2008