Steve Greenlee

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10/20/16    Albums

Café Society: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Various Artists

The soundtrack to Woody Allen’s new film, Café Society , is a very nice, very polite affair. Bassist, bandleader and arranger Vince Giordano, who has been involved in the music for many of Allen’s movies, is a longtime custodian of 1920s and ’30s jazz, and...


10/20/16    Albums

It's Hard
The Bad Plus

After a few albums of original music and a reworking of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” the Bad Plus returns to its roots on It’s Hard . The trio, which mainstreamed the practice of turning modern pop songs into modern jazz, covers a wide swath of stylistic...


08/07/16    Albums

Who Gives a Funk
Oz Noy

Oz Noy may be one of the most talented guitarists around, but it’s hard to imagine a less vainglorious album than Who Gives a Funk . The Israeli guitarist invited a slew of A-listers to join his group for 10 straightforward funk/R&B tunes rooted in the ’70s...


07/28/16    Albums

Groove: Blue
Steve Smith, Tony Monaco & Vinny Valentino

First, briefly, how Groove: Blue came to be: Drummer Steve Smith and guitarist Vinny Valentino of Smith’s fusion band Vital Information wandered into a lounge after playing the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta in 2011. There, they caught the superb Ohio organist...


07/10/16    Albums

Across the Bridge
Tom Collier

Tom Collier’s new album, Across the Bridge , is an exhilarating collection of modern jazz-rock originals inspired by his childhood “on the other side of the West Seattle Bridge.” Collier, who has taught percussion studies at the University of Washington...


07/08/16    Albums

Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile

Swiss pianist Nik Bärtsch’s music has always been about grooves carved out of minimalism, and he favors collectivism over individual freedom. No one solos, ever. Rarely has an artist been able to do so much with so little. After three studio albums and one...


06/01/16    Albums

Mette Henriette
Mette Henriette

Mette Henriette’s saxophone playing on her eponymous debut is the most gentle imaginable—elegant, classically inspired and usually whisper-soft. Her mini-compositions traverse the range of human emotions. There is a Lars von Trier movie waiting to be set...


05/08/16    Albums

Moments in Time
Stan Getz

What a magical week it must have been at Keystone Korner in May of 1976. Stan Getz had a six-night stand at the San Francisco club, and each night was split in two. The first set featured the saxophonist’s quartet with pianist Joanne Brackeen, bassist Clint...


03/28/16    Albums

The First Quartet
John Abercrombie

With the release of The First Quartet , John Abercrombie’s entire ECM catalog is finally on CD. This box set collects Arcade, Abercrombie Quartet and M , the three albums the guitarist recorded with pianist Richie Beirach, bassist George Mraz and drummer...


03/27/16    Albums

Live at Fat Tuesday's
Art Pepper

The newly discovered recording that constitutes Live at Fat Tuesday’s is exhilarating, if imperfect soundwise. Nowhere in the 40 pages of liner notes is the source of the tape disclosed, but the quality of the audio suggests it was a fan recording. (“Collector’s...


02/23/16    Albums

The Complete Bee Hive Sessions
Various Artists

By 1977, jazz had turned its back on tradition, its biggest stars playing varieties that sounded more like pop, disco and prog-rock. Weather Report’s easy-on-the-ears sound took the jazz world by storm, and Chick Corea was making jazz versions of Tales From...


01/25/16    Albums

Great Spirit
William Parker/Raining on the Moon

When bassist William Parker’s group Raining on the Moon released its 2007 album Corn Meal Dance , the sextet left another album’s worth of material on the table. Parker had considered issuing a two-disc album at the time but ultimately went with one. Eight...


01/19/16    Albums

Dr. Lonnie Smith

Dr. Lonnie Smith, one of the godfathers of the jazz organ, returns to the record label that cemented his status as a B-3 king in the 1960s. Now, 45 years after his previous session for Blue Note, Smith has issued not only what might be his own greatest album...


01/11/16    Albums

Birth of a Being
David S. Ware/Apogee

The late David S. Ware was a fully formed musician by the time he made his first recording as a leader, Birth of a Being , in 1977. He was already blowing gale-force winds through his tenor saxophone on that recording, and his ideas were every bit as forceful...


12/31/15    Albums

This Is Not a Miracle

Food has altered its recipe again, and the results are delicious. The experimental jazz group has been a quartet and a duo with guests, and now it’s sort of a trio. The two leaders and founding members—British saxophonist Iain Ballamy and Norwegian drummer...


12/25/15    Albums

Press Enter
Romain Collin

Romain Collin’s music is cinematic. Each of the 10 songs on his third album, Press Enter , could be used at a key moment or climactic scene in a film. Given the French-born pianist’s background composing music for movies, this makes sense. His songs build...

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