Owen Cordle

Owen’s Contributions

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11/03/14    Albums

Trip
Tom Harrell

Not to discount the work of Tom Harrell’s frontline partners from his previous albums, but the tonal match and improvisational rapport between the trumpeter-flugelhornist and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner on this record is striking. Of course, Harrell’s...

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11/01/14    Albums

Quartet
Frank Kimbrough

Frank Kimbrough’s piano playing is unpredictable. Not in terms of quality—he’s always “on”—but in terms of content, direction and execution. He’s a genuinely spontaneous player. He can sound barbed yet romantic, busy but introspective, funky but un-clichéd...

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10/28/14    Albums

Visitation
Saxophone Summit

Here’s what this album suggests at various times: the soundtrack to a dark, slow-moving suspense film; an orchestra tuning up; six musicians practicing simultaneously in different rooms; a tedious sensitivity-training class; insistent conversation. According...

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10/22/14    Albums

Visitation
Saxophone Summit

Here’s what this album suggests at various times: the soundtrack to a dark, slow-moving suspense film; an orchestra tuning up; six musicians practicing simultaneously in different rooms; a tedious sensitivity-training class; insistent conversation. According...

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09/24/14    Albums

I Love Music
Mike LeDonne

Mike LeDonne’s Groover Quartet has a talent for finding the jazz groove in pop tunes as well as for striking up a righteous groove on jazz tunes. Together 14 years, the band resembles the classic, soulful Blue Note organ combos of yore with a more recent...

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08/20/14    Albums

Road Scholars Live
Stan Kenton Alumni Band

With trumpeter Mike Vax at the helm, the Stan Kenton Alumni Band is in good hands. The group’s 2013 tour, memorialized here, would not disappoint the maestro, and should please new fans as well as the aging faithful. With Kenton you expect drama, majesty...

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08/06/14    Albums

Standard Deviation
Ralph Bowen

With Standard Deviation , tenor saxophonist Ralph Bowen, pianist Bill O’Connell, bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Donald Edwards deliver a program of standard tunes revised in novel ways. The revamped themes, harmonies and rhythms are not only different...

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04/09/14    Albums

Live From New York!
Mike Longo and the New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble

This album captures an electrifying evening at the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium in the NYC Baha’i Center. There is a feeling of elation in the performances. Pianist Mike Longo wrote all the big-band arrangements, and they range from his atmospheric originals...

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03/10/14    Albums

The Connection
Ray Mantilla

Jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythms are a natural connection, one attractively celebrated in the work of Latin percussionist Ray Mantilla, who was born in the South Bronx in 1934. Here, we have a variety of performances by members of his septet, ranging from...

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02/13/14    Albums

I Remember Bessie
Art Hodes

“She just reaches out and grabs and holds me. ... This gal sings from the heart. She never lets me get away from her once.” This is how Art Hodes describes, in Hot Man , his autobiography, his first time seeing Bessie Smith perform. With I Remember Bessie...

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01/13/14    Albums

Live at Montreux 1972
Stan Getz Quartet

Recorded in 1972 at the Montreux Jazz Festival, this sold-separately CD and DVD release captures Getz in aggressive form as he digs into newer repertoire items “Captain Marvel,” “Day Waves,” “Windows,” “La Fiesta” and “Times Lie,” all composed by Chick Corea...

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01/09/14    Albums

Nice 'N' Easy
Houston Person

Houston Person has called his style “good old bootin’ tenor sax playing.” With parts of this album, he might also refer to boudoir footwear, especially his playing on the ballads “All My Tomorrows,” “It’s All in the Game,” “If It’s the Last Thing I Do,”...

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01/06/14    Albums

One for Rudy
Joey DeFrancesco

“Rudy” is, of course, legendary recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, for whom Joey DeFrancesco feels a certain affinity. The organist recorded his second album at Van Gelder’s famous Englewood Cliffs, N.J., studio in 1990 and another album there eight years...

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11/19/13    Albums

Louie's Dream: For Our Jazz Heroes
Eli Yamin/Evan Christopher

The heroes pianist Eli Yamin and clarinetist Evan Christopher honor on this album include not only Louis Armstrong but also Barney Bigard, Duke Ellington, Sidney Bechet, Mary Lou Williams, Mahalia Jackson, Amiri Baraka, John Coltrane and Mercedes Ellington...

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10/03/13    Albums

Remembering Billie
Scott Hamilton

Here we have a typically swinging set by tenorman Scott Hamilton, the majority of which features songs recorded by singer Billie Holiday before World War II—her more carefree period, as mentioned in Bob Porter’s liner notes. Accompanied by pianist Tim Ray...

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09/03/13    Albums

Magic 101
Frank Wess

Former Count Basie Band saxophonist Frank Wess, 89 at the time of this 2011 recording, is in classic form throughout. Accompanied by pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Winard Harper, he employs his tenor saxophone exclusively—no flute...

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