Despite a plethora of pop and other genres, jazz is still plentiful
Drummer-composer-sonic conceptualist Jaimeo Brown delivers a compelling offering on this, his debut recording, weaving seemingly incongruous elements—Southern spirituals, East Indian music, jazz, blues and electronica—into a seamless patchwork. In pursuit...
New album due in September
Here, drummer Billy Martin, of the inimitable Medeski Martin & Wood, leads his compact avant-brass group through its second release. Its name derived from Shake Your Wicked Knees (a compilation of piano rags, blues and stomps of the ’20s and ’30s), the quartet...
Active on the scene for decades, 78-year-old tenor saxophonist Houston Person still seems to be a discovery for some. Both newcomers to his music and longtime fans will no doubt enjoy this latest recording featuring a formidable group: veteran pianist Cedar...
More than 800 concerts by artists from dozens of nations
This two-CD set by clarinetist and mandolinist Andy Statman blends progressive bluegrass, jazz, country, traditional Jewish music, folk and rock, all coming together through a unique, unifying aesthetic testifying to the ways in which these genres intertwine...
While pianist Elio Villafranca and percussionist Arturo Stable are both classically trained and steeped in the music of their Cuban roots, they also explore Middle Eastern and African forms on this duo session featuring 10 co-written originals. Villafranca’s...
This hard-hitting self-produced album by pianist Dred Scott’s trio, released alongside an experimental solo recording entitled Prepared Piano , features seven original tracks penned by the leader and an adventurous take on Miles Davis and Victor Feldman’s...
A grand cultural event brings Toots Thielemans, Al Di Meola, Robert Glasper and more to Quebec
Pianist Ted Rosenthal devotes his 13th recording exclusively to staples of the Great American Songbook, with the expressed intention of “presenting (or deranging)” them in a way that will engage listeners. Mission accomplished: Rosenthal’s harmonic and rhythmic...
Francisco Mela and his Cuban Safari take us on a journey from progressive postbop to fusion, Afro-Cuban and beyond. The drummer’s third album as a leader features a solid core group with guest appearances enhancing his diverse compositions and interpretations...
Tigran Hamasyan’s fourth album, a vibrant solo recording drawing from the music and poetry of his native Armenia, further solidifies the acclaim the 24-year-old pianist has garnered since his teens. While demonstrating his monster chops, the emphasis here...
On his second U.S. recording, 26-year-old Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa leads his trio—bassist Felipe Cabrera and drummer (and younger brother) Ruy Adrian López-Nussa—through a set composed mostly of the leader’s fresh originals, merging jazz with his...
Trumpeter and flugelhorn player Etienne Charles’ third recording marks another chapter in his engagement with the music and culture of his homeland, Trinidad. Kaiso —a term originating in Nigeria as a form of encouragement to artists—is a style that has...
SFJAZZ Collective, Ari Hoenig and Maceo Parker keep things warm up north
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Sharonne Cohen joined the JazzTimes community on Apr 09, 2010