Joy in Spite of Everything , the new album from pianist Stefano Bollani, is beautiful. Gorgeous. Peaceful. Serene. But that’s all it is. There’s no darkness for all that light to bounce off of. Featuring drummer Morten Lund, acoustic bassist Jesper Bodilsen...
The puzzle pieces, not the puzzle
A sexy, sultry and surprisingly deep alliance
Inside his steadily progressive, consistently diverse, always compelling career
Saxophonist John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards could function like an orchestra. On its last album, 1998’s Queen of All Ears , there was bass, drums, guitar, percussion, keys, cello and three horns. Lurie’s National Orchestra, though, was a minimal thing. Featuring...
Everything from something
“Let’s play a lot of notes.” “Let’s play loud.” These are things that were almost definitely not said during the sessions for Revealing Essence , the first album from For Living Lovers. The acoustic duo of guitarist/ banjoist Brandon Ross and bass guitarist...
Lucky People , the roughly elegant first album from Moutin Factory Quintet, makes a number of good choices. In several places, for instance, the French band—alto and sopranino saxophonist Christophe Monniot, guitarist Emmanuel Codjia, pianist Thomas Enhco...
Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana stretch out
The sharp, bluesy guitarist Bob DeVos came up in the groups of Jimmy McGriff and Hank Crawford, Richard “Groove” Holmes and Sonny Stitt, and Charles Earland, and the music on his fifth album, Shadow Box , sounds exactly like the soul-jazz conjured up by...
Spanning genres, cultures, formats and technologies
The Icelandic vocalist Björk makes otherworldly pop music. It’s unusual and emotional and it takes risks. So it makes little sense to arrange those sounds for big band. The big band, by necessity, is one of the safest endeavors in jazz. With so many players...
In the sweaty beach air, power, spirit—and lots of hand percussion
Adventurous NYC big bands are expanding the scope of Jewish music
At 21, the saxophonist/singer is a crowd-pleaser. But has she paid her dues?
The Israeli guitarist strives for simplicity
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Brad Farberman joined the JazzTimes community on Dec 15, 2012