Bill Bennett

Bill’s Contributions

200502_086_span3

January/February 2005    Features

Dr. Lonnie Smith: The Doctor Is In!

One of the best B3 organists ever hasn’t had many opportunities to document his work on record. With a smoking new CD on Palmetto, Dr. Lonnie Smith is poised to break through to a larger audience. Bill Milkowski explains why the good doctor is too damn hot...

200305_060_span3

May 2003    Features

Chick Corea: Acouschick

Chick Corea is from the Miles Davis school: He doesn't like to look back. Throughout his illustrious career, which got its start in 1962 in the Latin jazz bands of Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo, he has moved forward with single-minded determination from...

Larry_schneider-jazz_span3

April 2003    Albums

Jazz
Larry Schneider Quartet

The momentum that saxophonist Larry Schneider generates here is just awesome. From the laid-back, elliptical initial statement of "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" to the last twists wrought on John Carisi's "Israel," the intensity just won't let up. Blame...

Mujician-spacetime_span3

March 2003    Albums

Spacetime
Mujician

The British free-jazz quartet Mujician pursues a somewhat different path with its fifth Cuneiform release, Spacetime. Rather than the extended pieces that have marked the group's intuitive explorations to date, this CD contains two suites of shorter pieces...

World_saxophone_quartet-steppenwolf_span3

December 2002    Albums

Steppenwolf
World Saxophone Quartet

The word virtuoso comes to mind and quickly falls short of the mark in characterizing the ineffable totality of the World Saxophone Quartet. Its latest offering captures the magic of a March 1, 1999, performance at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. John...

Michael_blake-elevated_span3

November 2002    Albums

Elevated
Michael Blake

Saxophonist and Jazz Composers Collective member Michael Blake, whose prior associations include the Lounge Lizards, has assembled a relatively mainstream project for Elevated that nevertheless intrigues the listener and stretches the musical frame. Blake...

Bobby_watson-live_and_learn_span3

November 2002    Albums

Live and Learn
Bobby Watson

Alto saxophonist Bobby Watson broke onto the scene on the Blakey bandstand, all elbows and energy wrapped in monster chops. The ensuing decades have nurtured him, it seems, giving his wildest flights a luster and polish you have to admire. Watson's first...

Richard_davis-bassist_homage_diversity_span3

April 2002    Albums

The Bassist: Homage to Diversity
Richard Davis with John Hicks

Richard Davis is a bass paragon: it's a given that his sound and sense always contribute materially to any musical environment, from outside jazz to inside a symphony orchestra. The subtitle to this duets collection refers to the repertoire, the range of...

199912_093a_span3

03/26/02    Concerts

SFJAZZ Spring Season 2002

SFJAZZ, the organization behind the San Francisco Jazz Festival and the SFJAZZ Spring Season, has clearly established itself as one of the world's premier presenters of this music. The Spring Season, which kicked off this past week and runs into June, provides...

Arthur_blythe-blythe_byte_span3

March 2002    Albums

Blythe Byte
Arthur Blythe

Alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe remains a reassuring exemplar of the rooted revolutionary. To be sure, he is less intent on pushing the musical envelope these days, but his aggressive tone and harmonic approach won't let the listener take him for granted...

Satoko_fujii-april_shower_span3

March 2002    Albums

April Shower
Satoko Fujii

Playing "outside" jazz clearly involves a commitment on the part of the performer, and asks a similar commitment of the listener. The performer must run to expressing the moment, even when the moment runs counter to style and technique. Such openness makes...

Paul_plimley_oswald_crispell_taylor-complicite_span3

March 2002    Albums

Complicite
Paul Plimley/John Oswald/Marilyn Crispell/Cecil Taylor

May of 2000 marked the 17th International Festival of New Music (FIMAV) in Victoriaville, Quebec. This recording memorializes it, presenting three performances of great intensity and diversity-despite the fact that all three are about free jazz, with the...

Dd_jackson-sigame_span3

January/February 2002    Albums

Sigame
D.D. Jackson

Pianist D.D. Jackson's maturing approach to his craft is evident on Sigame. Jackson's mission seems to be to burnish and extend (if possible!) the style established by the late, remarkable Don Pullen. His new recording-four trios with bassist Ugonna Okegwo...

Michael_wolff-intoxicate_span3

January/February 2002    Albums

Intoxicate
Michael Wolff and Impure Thoughts

Pianist Michael Wolff, perhaps best known for his stint on the Arsenio Hall show, has created a most interesting hybrid here. It seems like a calculated blend: nothing to challenge or put off, and a deep commitment to groove. This is a more layered groove...

200202_032_span3

January/February 2002    Hearsay

Vijay Iyer

Pianist Vijay Iyer is very much aware of his heritage—or rather, heritages. In his music you can hear several heritages in creative tension. Iyer’s new release, Panoptic Modes (Red Giant), bears, in his words, “multiple imprints of the past.” The streams...

Mccoy_tyner-plays_john_coltrane_span3

January/February 2002    Trioism

McCoy Tyner Plays John Coltrane
McCoy Tyner

On Sept. 23, 1997, which would have been John Coltrane's 71st birthday, McCoy Tyner took the stage at the Village Vanguard with bassist George Mraz and drummer Al Foster. Four years later, we have the results: McCoy Tyner Plays John Coltrane (Impulse 3134...

  • Email E-mail
  • Share Share
  • Rss RSS
  • Report Report

About Bill Bennett

We currently don’t have a bio for this person.