Bill Beuttler

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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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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...

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11/30/13    Concerts

Concert Review: Wayne Shorter Quartet at Symphony Hall, Boston

Still adventurous, if not always transcendent

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11/25/13    Concerts

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

Keyboardist and guitarist are a well-matched pair

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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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11/15/13    Albums

The Complete Muse Sessions
Woody Shaw

The past couple of years have seen the late, great trumpeter Woody Shaw belatedly receive more well-deserved recognition. Last year Sony Legacy brought out The Complete Woody Shaw Columbia Albums Collection , a six-CD box set of his 1977-1981 run with that...

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11/05/13    Books

Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and TImes of Charlie Parker
Stanley Crouch

Stanley Crouch’s much-anticipated biography of Charlie Parker is finally here. Or rather, the first of two scheduled volumes has arrived, this installment bringing Bird from his Kansas City roots to the cusp of stardom and the creation of bebop in New York...

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10/12/13    Albums

Seeds
Leo Genovese

Leo Genovese’s third album as a leader is an arty mix of spirited acoustic jazz and eclectic, electronically enhanced experimentation. The gifted Argentine keyboardist is best known for his work touring and recording with Esperanza Spalding, and she returns...

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10/01/13    Concerts

Review: Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival 2013

A jumbo block party in the midst of Boston

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09/18/13    Albums

Banned in London
Aruan Ortiz & Michael Janisch Quintet

It could turn out that the best live jazz album released in the U.S. this year will be one recorded at a British pizza joint in 2011. That was when pianist Aruán Ortiz and bassist Michael Janisch brought their co-led quintet—an international ensemble featuring...

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Bill Beuttler joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 13, 2008