Matt R. Lohr

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12/03/16    Albums

Jakob Bro

Guitarist-composer Jakob Bro’s 2015 ECM release, Gefion , was one of the year’s most effective sonic explorations. While not as commanding as that recording in its mood-altering impact, Bro’s ECM follow-up, Streams, nevertheless finds him continuing to expand...


12/02/16    Albums

Full Circle
Wayne Bergeron

Trumpeter Wayne Bergeron’s Full Circle is, above all else, a soloist’s field day. Joined by no fewer than five different big-band ensembles (recorded from 2012 to 2015), including strings and an array of featured guest musicians, Bergeron uses these 11 tracks...


11/30/16    News

Chick Corea and Béla Fleck Announce Co-headlining 2017 Summer Tour

August shows to feature complete classic lineups of Corea's Elektric Band and the Flecktones


11/29/16    News

Work of Producer George Avakian to be Presented at Rutgers University

Institute of Jazz Studies to host "George Avakian: A Life in Music" on Dec. 7


11/28/16    News

New Theatre Work by Meshell Ndegeocello to Premiere at New York's Harlem Stage

Multi-disciplinary piece celebrates work of James Baldwin


11/26/16    News

Montreal Jazz Festival Announces 10 Concerts

Shows include Donny McCaslin, all-star blues summit


11/25/16    News

Maria Schneider Wins ASCAP Foundation's Life in Music Award

Composer honored for a career that exemplifies “creative excellence"


11/23/16    News

Strut Records to Release "Sun Ra Singles: The Definitive Collection"

Starting Nov. 25, Strut Records kicks off a CD and vinyl release of what they are calling the definitive collection of rare 45-RPM singles from pianist-composer-bandleader Sun Ra. The singles included in this collection span four decades of Ra's recording...


11/15/16    Albums

The Second
Derrick Hodge

The music of bassist Derrick Hodge has been described as cinematic, and for The Second , his obviously titled sophomore release as a leader, he assumes the role of all-encompassing auteur. Hodge plays every instrument on eight of this album’s dozen tracks...


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...

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