Matt R. Lohr
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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...
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...
August shows to feature complete classic lineups of Corea's Elektric Band and the Flecktones
Institute of Jazz Studies to host "George Avakian: A Life in Music" on Dec. 7
Multi-disciplinary piece celebrates work of James Baldwin
Shows include Donny McCaslin, all-star blues summit
Composer honored for a career that exemplifies “creative excellence"
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Transforming classic political oration into a big-band masterstroke
Extras include insight-filled featurettes
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...
About Matt R. Lohr
Matt R. Lohr joined the JazzTimes community on Mar 28, 2011