Philip Booth

Philip’s Contributions


11/24/16    Albums

Beauty Within
Anthony Branker & Imagine

Composer-arranger Anthony Branker, former longtime jazz studies guru at Princeton, turns to his new Imagine quintet for his latest set of forward-looking acoustic-electric pieces. From the titles to the haunting, sometimes meditative textures, a spiritual...


10/31/16    Albums

The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart
The Cookers

Hard bop, soul jazz and postbop are the domain of the Cookers. Few bands perform their chosen variety of jazz with as much style, integrity and vigor as this group featuring five under-celebrated veteran players—tenor saxophonist Billy Harper, trumpeter...


10/13/16    Movies

The Jubilee Concert
Eberhard Weber

German bassist Eberhard Weber, closely identified with the ECM sound, has long been appreciated for his unique voice as an instrumentalist, playing a custom-designed five-string electric-acoustic upright, and as a composer, employing various strains of chamber...


10/12/16    Albums

Colors for the Masters
Steve Turre

Steve Turre, responsible for some of the most creative and engaging trombone-led jazz sessions of recent vintage, goes for a non-concept concept here, in a manner of speaking. As suggested by the album’s title, for this outing Turre taps a rhythm section...


09/11/16    Albums

Things We Did Last Summer
Organik Vibe Trio

Things the Organik Vibe Trio did the winter before last: Tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, organist Ron Oswanski and drummer Marko Marcinko—all of whom played with the Maynard Ferguson Big Bop Nouveau Band—and guests Vic Juris on guitar and vibraphonist Dave...


09/08/16    Albums

Fabrizio Sotti Trio

A kind of loose-but-tight intensity defines the performances on Forty , an appealingly varied program played by New York guitarist Fabrizio Sotti’s trio with Bulgarian-born bassist Peter Slavov and drummer Francisco Mela, from Cuba. Probably best known as...


08/13/16    Albums

Stranger Days
Adam O'Farrill

Stranger Days is the young trumpeter Adam O’Farrill’s official recording debut as a leader, but he’s been attracting notice from the jazz cognoscenti for a while. That’s thanks to his being featured on saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa’s acclaimed 2015 album...


08/02/16    Features

JT Essentials: Forgotten Fusion Classics

The Gary Burton Quartet, Jack DeJohnette and more


07/15/16    Albums


More than three decades into an artistically fertile career and the band sprung from the Robben Ford Group continues to grab ears with its appealing jazz-funk hybrid, using sophisticated compositions as springboards for often remarkable improvisations. Yellowjackets’...


07/14/16    Concerts

Montreal International Jazz Festival

Highlights included Kenny Barron Trio, Roberta Gambarini and more


06/02/16    Albums

harmonicus rex
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...


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...


03/10/16    DVDs

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...


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...


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...


12/01/15    Features

George and Chico Freeman: Family Business

Father and son uphold more than one jazz legacy

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