Philip Booth

Philip’s Contributions

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06/02/16    Albums

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Hendrik Meurkens

Hendrik Meurkens has long doubled successfully on vibraphone and the chromatic harmonica. Now, more than 25 years into his recording career as a leader, he stands as arguably the most fluid and fluent jazz harmonica player this side of the great Toots Thielemans...

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05/03/16    Albums

At This Time
Steve Kuhn

Steve Kuhn’s At This Time… is defined by a kind of heartbeat-groove propulsion: Steve Swallow’s clean, pick-pushed electric bass figures nestle against Joey Baron’s free-tinted but supportive drums, as the leader’s articulate piano lines sound the melodies...

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03/10/16    DVDs

JACO
Jaco Pastorius

It’s hard to overestimate how eagerly fusion fans anticipated JACO , the first full-length documentary on Jaco Pastorius, the game-changing electric bass virtuoso and gifted composer. Directed by Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak, the film—nearly six years...

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02/22/16    Albums

At the Piano
Kenny Barron

Launched in 1975 by Don Schlitten, Xanadu Records released more than 100 LPs through 1986, including more than 40 reissues of archival material from the ’40s and ’50s. The high quality of the releases likely owed to Schlitten’s intimate involvement with...

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01/27/16    Albums

Dr. Um
Peter Erskine

Dr. Um offers journeyman drummer Peter Erskine an excuse to play funk and fusion and “all that [stuff] you’re so good at and people love while still being Mr. well-respected legit jazzman,” as related in the liner notes. That aptly summarizes the scope of...

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12/01/15    Features

George and Chico Freeman: Family Business

Father and son uphold more than one jazz legacy

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11/25/15    Albums

The Bronx Pyramid
Carlos Henriquez

Fellow bassists have long marveled at the way Carlos Henriquez attacks his strings. The South Bronx native’s lines are clean, crisp and to-the-point—jet fuel for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and other groups led by his mentor, Wynton Marsalis, and...

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10/13/15    Albums

Luminosity
The Don Braden Organix Quartet

Soul-jazz, if nothing else, was all about the deepest of sticky grooves, solos that sometimes took tunes in surprising directions and, maybe above all, a joyful exuberance that was easily felt and heard by listeners. That’s the kind of cannonball, no pun...

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10/11/15    Albums

Impromptu
The Rodriguez Brothers

The Rodriguez Brothers, trumpeter Michael and pianist Robert, are exponents of a brand of Latin jazz that incorporates multiple strains of the genre’s rhythms and textures, meshing Afro-Cuban styles with bolero , Brazilian, postbop and other varieties. Underappreciated...

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09/10/15    Concerts

Review: The 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival

AACM's 50th anniversary dominates the 37th edition

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08/05/15    Albums

Fluidity
John Fedchock Quartet

“Concept” seems to be the selling point of choice for a preponderance of releases these days. There’s always an angle to be played, whether paying tribute to a fallen icon, importing high-profile guest artists, saluting a composer or mashing jazz with another...

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07/30/15    Albums

Night and Day
Vincent Herring

Alto saxophonist Vincent Herring references Cannonball Adderley and other formative influences and mentors on Night and Day , a bracing live-in-the-studio album. The disc, something of a successor to 2013’s The Uptown Shuffle , is buoyant hard bop of the...

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07/20/15    Albums

Trumpet Summit Prague: The Mendoza Arrangements
Randy Brecker/Bobby Shew

High-brass firepower is the theme of Trumpet Summit Prague , and there’s plenty of the good stuff to go around, thanks to the on-point playing and improvising of a trio of trumpeters. Here, American players Randy Brecker and Bobby Shew, and Jan Hasenöhrl...

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05/17/15    Albums

From Darkness
Avishai Cohen Trio

Since the late ’90s, when Avishai Cohen broke through with his genre-defying solo debut, Adama , and his inspired playing with Chick Corea’s Origin sextet, the Israeli-born bassist has leavened his jazz with classical strains and Middle Eastern folk textures...

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05/08/15    Albums

NYC Sessions
Dave Bass

Gone , pianist Dave Bass’ first recording as a leader following a two-decade absence from the music profession, was one of jazz’s success stories of 2010, earning critical acclaim and extensive airplay. For the follow-up, NYC Sessions , Bass goes East Coast...

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05/06/15    Albums

My Ideal
Glenn Zaleski

Glenn Zaleski points to Bill Evans’ work as a model for his own approach to trio playing, and that influence is deeply felt throughout My Ideal , the Massachusetts-bred pianist’s appealing debut as a leader. Zaleski, who studied at the Brubeck Institute...

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