Matt R. Lohr

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03/27/15    Albums

The Last Southern Gentlemen
Delfeayo Marsalis

A fine line separates old school from old hat, and Delfeayo Marsalis’ The Last Southern Gentlemen dances that line from beginning to end. The album is styled as a throwback, its languid mood and program of time-worn chestnuts meant to conjure, as the trombonist...

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03/19/15    Features

Antonio Sanchez's Birdsong

The story behind the all-drums score of last year's hit film "Birdman"

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03/17/15    Albums

The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy
The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy

The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy, the drummer/bandleader’s 15-piece collective, is all about big : big band, big sound, the big buzz they’ve generated during their Tuesday-night residency at Yoshi’s in the Bay Area. The band’s self-titled debut recording...

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03/14/15    Albums

Swingin' on the Korner: Live at Keystone Korner
Red Garland Trio

When discussing jazz’s great pianists, Red Garland usually gets mentioned late in the conversation, if at all. Despite his centrality to the first great Miles Davis quintet, his work with John Coltrane and his successful run as a trio leader, Garland’s star...

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02/20/15    DVDs

DVD Review: Fred Hersch's "My Coma Dreams"

A unique fusion of jazz and documentary theater

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02/17/15    Albums

The 21st Century Trad Band
Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet

The whimsical artwork for The 21st Century Trad Band depicts vibraphonist Jason Marsalis and his musicians (pianist Austin Johnson, bassist Will Goble and drummer David Potter) as caped musical superheroes, Goble playing a rocket-powered bass, Potter using...

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02/03/15    Albums

So Long, Eric!— Homage to Eric Dolphy
Aki Takase/Alexander von Schlippenbach

Any musician, in celebrating an artist like Eric Dolphy, is stepping onto a minefield. Exploratory and ever-forward-looking, the music of the free-jazz pioneer seems almost designed to resist the sometimes bloodless tribute-recording format. Fortunately...

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01/22/15    Features

Monk in Hollywood

Jazz’s most important competition hits L.A. for a trumpet showcase

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01/02/15    Albums

Pride
Michael Musillami

Is too much of a good thing still a good thing? That is the question posed by Pride , a two-hour-plus, double-disc release from the Michael Musillami Trio that presents the equivalent of two complete LPs plus a bonus EP. Disc one finds the Connecticut-based...

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01/01/15    Albums

Blues and Reds
Hush Point

Hailing as it does from within the notably exploratory Brooklyn scene, an album as appealingly old-school as Hush Point’s Blues and Reds is an unexpected surprise. Substitute a baritone saxophone for Jeremy Udden’s alto, and this sophomore effort from the...

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12/24/14    Features

All for Wayne

A fundraising event for an icon becomes an all-star tribute

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11/11/14    News

Monk Institute Names Trumpeter Marquis Hill 2014 Competition Winner

All-star gala event honoring Bill Clinton features Hancock, Shorter and others

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09/11/14    Books

ART: Why I Stuck With a Junkie Jazzman
Laurie Pepper

Art Pepper’s Straight Life is one of the seminal jazz autobiographies, essential for its portrait of the postwar West Coast scene and its pitiless portrayal of the addict’s lifestyle. The book was a collaboration between Art and his wife, Laurie, who shaped...

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08/30/14    Albums

Floating
Fred Hersch Trio

The first studio recording in four years from the Fred Hersch Trio, Floating is sequenced like the band’s live gigs. The album commences with an American standard (Dietz and Schwartz’s “You and the Night and the Music”) reimagined with the trio’s idiosyncratic...

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08/29/14    Albums

Lope and Antilope
Get the Blessing

So what is the appropriate course of action? To praise Get the Blessing’s Lope and Antilope for its ambitious synthesis of jazz with rock and electronica inflections? Or simply celebrate the sheer exuberance of this album-length extended improvisation, recorded...

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08/12/14    Albums

Bop Kabbalah
Ty Citerman

If one classifies Bop Kabbalah , the self-titled debut recording of the quartet fronted by Gutbucket founding member Ty Citerman, as “sacred music,” then it is as singular an example of the form as anything Duke Ellington ever composed. The latest installment...

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