Bill Beuttler

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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...


08/06/14    Concerts

Review: The Newport Jazz Festival 2014

At 60, not only still going, but still growing


07/23/14    Albums

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...


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...


06/04/14    Concerts

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

Respecting the past, and moving forward


04/07/14    Concerts

Concert Review: Jason Moran's Fats Waller Dance Party

Berklee Performance Center, Boston, April 4


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...


03/18/14    Concerts

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

Cambridge collaboration is experimental but embraceable


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...


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...


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...


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...


12/03/13    Albums

Piano Sutras
Matthew Shipp

Matthew Shipp kicked up an Internet fuss recently with a dismissive Talkhouse review of Keith Jarrett’s trio album Somewhere . Reflecting on Jarrett’s solo piano recordings of the 1970s, Shipp wrote, “He never seemed to me to have sculpted a specific language...


11/30/13    Concerts

Concert Review: Wayne Shorter Quartet at Symphony Hall, Boston

Still adventurous, if not always transcendent


11/25/13    Concerts

Concert Review: Fred Hersch and Julian Lage in Boston, 11-21-13

Keyboardist and guitarist are a well-matched pair


11/18/13    Concerts

Review: Cécile McLorin Salvant at Regattabar, Cambridge

Phenomenal young singer is equally savvy with standards and originals

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Bill Beuttler joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 13, 2008