Matt R. Lohr

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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Book includes previously unpublished work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...


07/02/16    Albums

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...


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...


06/14/16    Concerts

Playboy Jazz Festival Reviewed

Performances included Christian Scott, Cécile, Joey Alexander and more


04/09/16    Features

Five Essential Jazz Autobiographies

Hear them talkin’ to ya


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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About Matt R. Lohr

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