Scott Albin

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10/21/14    Albums

The New Straight Ahead-- New York Standards Quartet

This is the fourth CD by the New York Standards Quartet (NYSQ), formed in 2006 with the express purpose of bringing a fresh perspective to a repertoire of standards and jazz classics by "redesigning" them melodically, harmonically, and rhythmically. This...


10/14/14    Albums

The Where-- Myriad3

The Toronto-based Myriad3 is Canada's answer to groups such as The Bad Plus and E.S.T, bearing a similar open-minded perspective and unpredictability. While firmly in the jazz camp, other subtle influences are at play as well, for on their drives to gigs...


10/07/14    Albums

Soulful Days-- Vanessa Perea

The 26-year-old Perea only came to jazz as a sophomore in college, but she has certainly made up for lost time. Raised in New Jersey by a Cuban mother and Colombian father, Perea listened mostly to salsa, cumbia, and R & B while singing in school...


09/30/14    Albums

Songs My Mother Loves-- Dee Alexander

One could say that the vinyl record collection of Dee Alexander's mother not only inspired this CD, but was the impetus for her daughter's career as a jazz singer. "I cut my eyeteeth on them," Alexander has said of these sides by artists such as Nina Simone...


09/23/14    Albums

Floating-- Fred Hersch Trio

Fred Hersch's piano trios have long been among the best in jazz, and his current one with bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson, who succeeded Drew Gress and Nasheet Waits in 2010, is no exception. After this trio's acclaimed CDs Whirl (2010) and...


09/16/14    Albums

Junity-- Hendrik Meurkens & Misha Tsiganov

The title of this CD combines the word unity with junto, the Brazilian word for together, and it aptly describes the refined rapport between Hendrik Meurkens' harmonica and Misha Tsiganov's piano. Tsiganov, who came to the U.S. from Russia in 1991 to study...


09/10/14    Albums

Low Life-- Holly Hofmann

The alto flute is the most entrancing member of that family of instruments, with its rich and resonant sound, and Holly Hofmann has featured it in her live performances of late when playing Pat Metheny's "Farmer's Trust." Audience members, some brought to...


09/01/14    Albums

Great Voices of Harlem-- Gregory Porter / Donald Smith / Mansur Scott

The link connecting vocalists Gregory Porter, Donald Smith, and Mansur Scott is the now defunct St. Nick's Pub, where all three performed and where Austrian trombonist, bandleader, record producer, and farmer Paul Zauner heard each of them during his annual...


08/17/14    Albums

Ugandan Suite-- Felipe Salles

The Brazilian saxophonist-composer-arranger Felipe Salles is becoming known for his ambitious, successfully realized projects such as the 2007 South American Suite and the 2012 Departure, the latter a Brazilian and modern classical fusion. The Ugandan Suite...


08/06/14    Albums

For the Love of Lori-- Charles Davis

Davis dedicated this CD to his wife Lori, who was lost to cancer in 2012, and the music runs the gamut of emotions from wistful to celebratory. The titles of three of the tunes played are perhaps the clearest indication of Davis' mindset coming into this...


08/05/14    Albums

Gotham-- Tyler Blanton

Tyler Blanton's second CD is a kind of musical portrait of the native Californian's first seven years in New York, trying to persevere and succeed as a jazz musician in the intense and competitive atmosphere of Gotham. The front album cover depicts a larger...


07/29/14    Albums

Latin Jazz Underground-- Mark Weinstein

This should go down as one of the most intriguing Latin jazz releases of 2014 in terms of concept and execution. Cuban-born pianist Aruán Ortiz, who previously did the string arrangements for flutist Mark Weinstein's 2011 album, El Cumbanchero, came up with...


07/22/14    Albums

For Us, The Living-- Andrew Hadro

Andrew Hadro's debut CD was inspired by Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013, the year of this recording session. The baritone saxophonist-flutist writes in his note to the CD that "Lincoln's speech urged Americans...


07/15/14    Albums

Stories from the Years of Living Passionately-- Noshir Mody

The self-taught guitarist Noshir Mody was born and raised in Bombay, India, where early on he was inspired by Indian classical music, Al DiMeola's Elegant Gypsy, Bollywood soundtracks, and prominent rock and jazz guitarists. Since coming to New York in 1995...


07/08/14    Albums

Strength In Numbers-- The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra

After Pete McGuinness' last album, Voice Like a Horn, showcased the trombonist, composer, and arranger's Chet Baker-styled vocals, he returns for the second time on CD to the jazz orchestra he formed back in 2006. McGuinness studied with Bob Brookmeyer and...


07/01/14    Albums

Free Fall-- Western Jazz Quartet

Felix Baumgartner's historic sky jump on October 14, 2012 set records for height (24 miles) and free fall speed (843.6 mph), and the evocative music on this CD is both a tribute to, and a soundtrack for, his daring endeavor. The titles of many of the nine...

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About Scott Albin

Scott Albin has been a contributing writer to Jazz Times and, and has also written for Down Beat as well as such long-forgotten publications as Changes, Zygote, and The Herald. He was an active member of the old New York City promotional organization Jazz Interactions, and worked for many years in publishing in New York, where he haunted the many jazz clubs and lofts. Now he resides in South Florida, where opportunities to hear live jazz are to be cherished, not yawned at.