Matt R. Lohr

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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...

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06/14/16    Concerts

Playboy Jazz Festival Reviewed

Performances included Christian Scott, Cécile, Joey Alexander and more

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04/09/16    Features

Five Essential Jazz Autobiographies

Hear them talkin’ to ya

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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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03/03/16    Albums

Blue Whisper
Amina Figarova

On Blue Whisper , her 13th recording as a leader, pianist-composer Amina Figarova mingles rhythmic strength with ardent poignancy. These 10 tracks, all composed and arranged by Figarova, are coaxed into being by a subtly shifting cast of musicians, all of...

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02/23/16    DVDs

Black Wax
Gil-Scott Heron

The films of Robert Mugge engage crucially not only with the sounds but also the philosophies of the artists whose work they explore, and it is difficult to imagine two more philosophically engaged artists than the incendiary songwriter/vocalist Gil Scott...

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02/21/16    Albums

Range
Pete McCann

On Range , his fifth recording as a leader, longtime New York guitarist Pete McCann pushes his compositional gifts beyond their outer limits. The aesthetic gambits packed into these 10 originals don’t always make for casual listening, but the resultant album...

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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
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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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About Matt R. Lohr

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