Bill Beuttler

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10/18/16    Albums

Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone

Steve Lehman has emerged over the past decade as one of music’s most dynamic and forward-looking composers, building to his Mise en Abîme winning the NPR jazz critics’ poll as the best album of 2014. That supercharged disc found the alto saxophonist and...


07/14/16    Albums

Live: SFJAZZ Collective 2015 The Music of Michael Jackson and Original Compositions
SFJAZZ Collective

The SFJAZZ Collective’s m.o. is to each year focus on the music of a featured composer. Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Horace Silver, Joe Henderson and Stevie Wonder are among those tackled in years past. The Collective’s new album, recorded...


06/21/16    Albums

Celestial Weather
Wadada Leo Smith & John Lindberg

Wadada Leo Smith and John Lindberg have performed as a duo over the years, since connecting in the ’70s in Anthony Braxton’s Creative Orchestra, but it wasn’t until June of 2012 that they got around to recording an album as such. The result, though less...


04/29/16    Features

The Unbreakable Spirit of Victor Bailey

The ailing Weather Report alum hopes to return to teaching, producing—and playing bass


03/09/16    Albums

Sullivan Fortner

Pianist Sullivan Fortner’s dazzling debut album is the sort of tradition-steeped modernism that so many Young Lions following Wynton Marsalis rode to stardom in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Its opener, “Aria,” is followed in quick succession by two more...


03/01/16    Albums

Into the Silence
Avishai Cohen

Trumpeter Avishai Cohen’s beautiful, elegiac Into the Silence is a tribute to his late father, who died in 2014. Lesser life changes of a musical nature are also involved: It is his first recording as a leader for ECM (a switch from sister Anat’s Anzic label...


01/28/16    Features

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Don’t Stream; Stretch

The trumpeter releases a fully interactive album


12/19/15    Albums

Wondaland: Jason Palmer Plays Janelle Monae
Jason Palmer

Trumpeter Jason Palmer’s intriguing new release is the second in his planned “series of homages to singers who have produced powerful music,” which began three years ago with his Minnie Riperton tribute, Take a Little Trip . Wondaland is more contemporary...


12/15/15    Albums

Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar
Noah Preminger

Noah Preminger is nothing if not bold. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the tenor saxophonist, who skydives and boxes for kicks, would follow the likes of Ornette Coleman and Sonny Rollins in taking a freewheeling pianoless (and guitarless) band through...


12/04/15    Albums

First Impressions: Debussy and Ravel Project
Tom Harrell

Tom Harrell is in a classical mood on his genre-blending First Impressions . This isn’t new for the brilliant trumpeter-composer. The six-part suite The Adventures of a Quixotic Character , off Harrell’s 2014 album Trip , had a classical feel to it, and...


11/28/15    Albums

Lionel Loueke

Gaïa , Lionel Loueke’s fourth album since signing with Blue Note Records, is jazz that’s also “world music,” in more ways than one. The new album is stellar despite being devoid of the big-name guest stars who popped up on its three predecessors, mentors...


11/13/15    Albums

Cuba: The Conversation Continues
Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra

Talk about timing. Pianist, composer and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill was in Havana with his orchestra this past December, preparing to record this glorious two-CD continuation of jazz’s dialogue with Cuba, when President Obama announced plans to normalize...


10/26/15    Albums

Amir ElSaffar

The music on Crisis , the third album from the conceptually driven, multitalented Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir ElSaffar and his Two Rivers Ensemble, was commissioned for and debuted at the Newport Jazz Festival two summers ago. Its viscerally haunting mix...


09/10/15    Albums

Luis Perdomo & Controlling Ear Unit

Luis Perdomo comes to Twenty-Two in a mood for a look back. After more than a decade as a founding member of Miguel Zenón’s longstanding quartet, a concurrent lengthy run with Ravi Coltrane and a half-dozen strong releases of his own, the pianist has built...


08/19/15    Concerts

Rockport Jazz Festival 2015

Spectacular sounds -- and sights -- in Mass.


08/11/15    Albums

Covered: The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live at Capitol Studios
Robert Glasper

Robert Glasper’s plunge into the world of R&B and hip-hop widened his fan base and earned him a pair of Grammy Awards, but he found himself missing the piano. So he reconvened his original acoustic trio with bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid...

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About Bill Beuttler

Bill Beuttler joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 13, 2008