Matt R. Lohr

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02/01/16    Albums

You. Me and Forever
Najee

Even during smooth-jazz’s ’80s and ’90s commerical peak, Najee’s skills as an improviser allowed him to rise above the pack. Those chops are on strong display on You, Me and Forever , his 16th original release as leader, and the saxophonist/flutist’s sheer...

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01/13/16    Albums

A New Dance
Rotem Sivan Trio

On A New Dance , guitarist-composer Rotem Sivan and his musicians, bassist Haggai Cohen-Milo and drummer Colin Stranahan, weave 10 tracks of such hushed, bittersweet warmth that their intricacies may sneak up on you. Sivan’s singular combination of impressive...

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12/12/15    Albums

ACT II
ACT

The spirit of collaboration suffuses Act II , the sophomore release from New York-based trio Act. Five of this album’s eight tracks were written by bassist Harish Raghavan, the other three by tenor saxophonist Ben Wendel; drummer Nate Wood also recorded...

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11/23/15    Books

Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth
Josef Woodard

Josef Woodard’s Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth is an unauthorized biography. But it’s hard to imagine any authorized volume providing richer perspectives on one of jazz’s living visionaries. A longtime contributor to a broad range of publications...

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11/16/15    News

Report: Monk Institute Jazz Vocals Competition Finals 2015

Jazzmeia Horn, Veronica Swift and Vuyolwethu Sotashe take top three spots in Hollywood

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11/16/15    Albums

Surrounded by Sea
Andy Sheppard

Impressionistic yet suffused with piercing emotional clarity, veteran British saxophonist Andy Sheppard’s quartet recording Surrounded by Sea is one of the year’s most affecting albums. Guitarist Eivind Aarset, bassist Michel Benita and drummer Sebastian...

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10/28/15    Books

Microgroove: Forays Into Other Music
John Corbett

John Corbett’s Microgroove: Forays Into Other Music is a sprawling meander through the multi-tiered world of “alternative” musics, encompassing jazz, rock, blues, avant-classical and literary and visual art forms whose materials and methods comment on aspects...

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10/24/15    Albums

Charm
John Ellis & Double Wide

If you’re curious what marvels await you on John Ellis & Double-Wide’s Charm , consider the title, along with the fact that this is the quintet’s third album. Tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Ellis’ latest is a heady stew of unparalleled musicianship and melodic...

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10/23/15    Albums

Live in Marciac: August 5, 2014
Ahmad Jamal

Recorded at Jazz in Marciac, one of the music’s signal European venues, pianist-composer Ahmad Jamal’s latest live offering, a CD/DVD package, is an effervescent feast. Jamal may be 85, but this set’s energy and creative range suggest that his ability to...

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10/16/15    Albums

Alphabet City
Brian Charette

Organist Brian Charette mingles jazz, old-school soul and psychedelia on Alphabet City , his ninth recording as a leader. Joined by guitarist Will Bernard and drummer Rudy Royston, Charette presents a dozen original compositions that groove and soothe about...

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09/25/15    Albums

The Deep Below
Brian Landrus Trio

Multi-instrumentalist Brian Landrus continues to assert the low woodwinds’ vitality on his trio outing The Deep Below . Joined by bassist Lonnie Plaxico and drummer Billy Hart, who previously backed Landrus on the 2011 quartet recording Traverse , Landrus...

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09/09/15    Albums

Brotherlee Love: Celebrating Lee Morgan
Terell Stafford

Lee Morgan’s status as one of hard bop’s masters of the trumpet is beyond question, but his gifts as a composer have perhaps never been given their due. Fellow brass man Terell Stafford’s tribute collection, BrotherLee Love , produced by bassist John Clayton...

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08/30/15    Albums

The Jazz Giants
Wild Bill Davison

A new CD reissue of the 1968 inaugural release from Canada-based Sackville Records, The Jazz Giants is a collection of standards socked home with style and consummate professionalism by a hard-driving team of veterans. The band, recorded only this once...

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07/31/15    Books

Listen to This: Miles Davis and Bitches Brew
Victor Svorinch

It is surprising that Victor Svorinich’s Listen to This: Miles Davis and Bitches Brew is the first full-length book devoted to examining the 1970 double-album that set the trumpeter on a electrified path from which he never wavered until his death in 1991...

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06/16/15    Concerts

Review: The 2015 Playboy Jazz Festival

Salvation and swing, dynamism and dance, tradition and transcendence

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06/03/15    Albums

The Journey
Charles McPherson

A mainstay of the jazz scene since the early 1960s, when he embarked on a 12-year stint playing with Charles Mingus, alto saxophonist and composer Charles McPherson burns the bop torch brightly on The Journey , his 24th album as leader. This collection of...

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About Matt R. Lohr

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