Matt R. Lohr

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10/25/16    Albums

Sunday Night at the Vanguard
The Fred Hersch Trio

Sunday Night at the Vanguard is pianist Fred Hersch’s second live recording at the Greenwich Village club with his current trio featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson. It’s an ideal venue for this band, as their empathetic interplay makes...


10/24/16    Albums

All L.A. Band
Bob Mintzer

Bob Mintzer’s All L.A. Band is classic-style big-band music with cutting-edge origins. The album’s 10 tracks, original Mintzer compositions from throughout the tenor saxophonist’s decades-spanning career, were initially recorded for a play-along app that...


10/17/16    Albums

Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles
John Daversa

When interpreting the Beatles, some jazz artists go minimalist, as if shielding themselves from the music’s sheer cultural weight. Not John Daversa. On Kaleidoscope Eyes , the trumpeter-arranger swings for the fences, his mammoth “Progressive Big Band”—60...


10/15/16    Features

Ted Nash: Voices of Freedom

Transforming classic political oration into a big-band masterstroke


10/10/16    Movies

Blu-ray Review: Miles Ahead

Extras include insight-filled featurettes


09/21/16    Albums

Stan's Hat Flapping in the Wind
William Parker Ft. Lisa Sokolov and Cooper-Moore

Since 1994, bassist-composer William Parker has been writing Stan’s Hat Flapping in the Wind , an original musical about a New Mexico couple chosen to save creation by learning to play music “made from the tears of God.” Parker has thus far written more...


09/12/16    Albums

Black Orpheus
Masabumi Kikuchi

A recording of the final live solo performance of pianist-composer Masabumi Kikuchi (1939-2015), Black Orpheus vividly illustrates just how broad ranging the idea of “jazz” has become. This music was captured at Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall in 2012...


09/06/16    Features

New Rahsaan Roland Kirk Documentary

“The Case of the Three Sided Dream” goes inside the multi-instrumentalist's brilliance


08/29/16    Albums

Do Your Dance!
Kenny Garrett

Dedicated to trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, who died last year, Kenny Garrett’s Do Your Dance! is an alluring celebration of the many ways music can make you move. These nine tracks, all Garrett originals, are deeply grounded in groove, and the different styles...


08/26/16    Concerts

Mega Nova at the Hollywood Bowl

Supergroup features Santana, Hancock, Shorter and more


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...


08/11/16    Overdue Ovation

An Overdue Ovation for John Pisano

A selfless guitar hero


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...


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...


07/19/16    Books

Albert Murray's “Murray Talks Music”

Book includes previously unpublished work


07/13/16    Albums

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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About Matt R. Lohr

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