Matt R. Lohr

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08/12/16    Albums

Wheel of Time
Ernie Watts Quartet

Saxophonist Ernie Watts possesses one of jazz’s most distinctive tenor tones, a sound of both mammoth size and full-hearted romanticism. This sound largely sustains Wheel of Time , a no-frills, pleasantly listenable outing from Watts’ European quartet (pianist...

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08/11/16    Overdue Ovation

An Overdue Ovation for John Pisano

A selfless guitar hero

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08/08/16    Albums

Blues and Ballads
Brad Mehldau Trio

Brad Mehldau is one of jazz’s most sensitive interpreters of song, with a rare gift for putting his own stamp on a composition without betraying its soul. That gift is on ample display throughout Blues and Ballads , the first new release in four years from...

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07/24/16    Albums

Notes From New York
Bill Charlap Trio

It’s worth remembering that no artist is constantly obligated to reinvent the wheel. Sometimes, just making a really great wheel can be an accomplishment in itself. And while no one would say Notes From New York , the new outing from the Bill Charlap Trio...

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07/19/16    Books

Albert Murray's “Murray Talks Music”

Book includes previously unpublished work

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07/13/16    Albums

Frogtown
Anthony Wilson

Anthony Wilson’s Frogtown , dusted with rootsy Americana, is like strong coffee with cream and sugar—a bracing mixture of bitter and sweet. This collection of 13 tracks, almost all composed by Wilson, also explores fresh performance territory, as a half...

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07/02/16    Albums

Superconductor
Seamus Blake

Superconductor , Seamus Blake’s eighth album as a leader, finds the saxophonist-composer serving diverse dictates from his considerable muse. The album intermingles three orchestral tunes, featuring rich eight-piece arrangements by Guillermo Klein and conductor...

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06/17/16    Albums

Beginning of a Memory
Matt Wilson's Big Happy Family

The jazz funeral is a time-honored tradition, but it’s seldom been more exultant or moving than on Matt Wilson’s Beginning of a Memory . The drummer’s first album as leader since the death of his wife, Felicia, in 2014, this recording unites Wilson’s Arts...

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06/14/16    Concerts

Playboy Jazz Festival Reviewed

Performances included Christian Scott, Cécile, Joey Alexander and more

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04/09/16    Features

Five Essential Jazz Autobiographies

Hear them talkin’ to ya

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03/22/16    Albums

Dark Blue
Jim Rotondi

Trumpeter/flugelhornist Jim Rotondi’s Dark Blue boasts an urbane, broad-shouldered sound that is fast becoming the hallmark of the Smoke Sessions label. Throughout these 10 tracks, Rotondi and his bandmates (vibraphonist Joe Locke, pianist David Hazeltine...

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03/03/16    Albums

Blue Whisper
Amina Figarova

On Blue Whisper , her 13th recording as a leader, pianist-composer Amina Figarova mingles rhythmic strength with ardent poignancy. These 10 tracks, all composed and arranged by Figarova, are coaxed into being by a subtly shifting cast of musicians, all of...

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02/23/16    DVDs

Black Wax
Gil-Scott Heron

The films of Robert Mugge engage crucially not only with the sounds but also the philosophies of the artists whose work they explore, and it is difficult to imagine two more philosophically engaged artists than the incendiary songwriter/vocalist Gil Scott...

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02/21/16    Albums

Range
Pete McCann

On Range , his fifth recording as a leader, longtime New York guitarist Pete McCann pushes his compositional gifts beyond their outer limits. The aesthetic gambits packed into these 10 originals don’t always make for casual listening, but the resultant album...

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02/01/16    Albums

You. Me and Forever
Najee

Even during smooth-jazz’s ’80s and ’90s commerical peak, Najee’s skills as an improviser allowed him to rise above the pack. Those chops are on strong display on You, Me and Forever , his 16th original release as leader, and the saxophonist/flutist’s sheer...

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01/13/16    Albums

A New Dance
Rotem Sivan Trio

On A New Dance , guitarist-composer Rotem Sivan and his musicians, bassist Haggai Cohen-Milo and drummer Colin Stranahan, weave 10 tracks of such hushed, bittersweet warmth that their intricacies may sneak up on you. Sivan’s singular combination of impressive...

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About Matt R. Lohr

Matt R. Lohr joined the JazzTimes community on Mar 28, 2011