Matt R. Lohr
Matt R.’s Contributions
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...
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...
“The Case of the Three Sided Dream” goes inside the multi-instrumentalist's brilliance
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...
Supergroup features Santana, Hancock, Shorter and more
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
A selfless guitar hero
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...
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...
Book includes previously unpublished work
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...
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...
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...
Performances included Christian Scott, Cécile, Joey Alexander and more
Hear them talkin’ to ya
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...
About Matt R. Lohr
Matt R. Lohr joined the JazzTimes community on Mar 28, 2011