These four elder statesmen of postbop—Gary Bartz, alto and soprano saxophones; Larry Willis, piano; Buster Williams, bass; and Al Foster, drums—had crossed paths many times but never played together as a quartet before an engagement last fall at New York...
On pianist-composer Aaron Diehl’s fourth album as a leader, his choices of both material and sidemen illuminate his recording’s title: The 29-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, creates an environment in which historic and contemporary styles of jazz, as well...
If you think that Brazilian-influenced jazz might be a bit passé, you don’t know Duduka. Drummer Duduka da Fonseca, that is, who wrote the book on Brazilian drumming, literally, with his Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset , first published in 1993. Ever since...
Guitarist maintains high standards and a low profile
In his 11th album as a leader and his first for HighNote, Russell Malone demonstrates the clear, thoughtful tone, tasty phrase-making and rhythmic mastery that have made him one of today’s finest exponents of the mainstream jazz guitar tradition of Wes Montgomery...
For those who might think the great tradition of crisply arranged, deeply swinging piano trios ended with the passing of Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown, there is good news in the form of drummer Jeff Hamilton’s latest recording with his highly accomplished...
All-star hot-jazz and swing fun at a historic NYC venue
Expectations for Justin Kauflin’s second album, produced by Quincy Jones, have been high following the success of Keep on Keepin’ On , the award-winning documentary about the young pianist’s close friendship with nonagenarian trumpet legend and jazz educator...
Innovative and inexhaustible at the Blue Note
"An altogether affecting display of dramatic vocal prowess"
About Allen Morrison
Allen Morrison joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 16, 2013