04/21/16 Before & After
Listening wide, from A to Zappa
Veteran jazz fans probably do not often listen to A Love Supreme , saxophonist John Coltrane’s unfathomably important 1965 album of passionate, spiritual jazz. They internalized the LP, performed by Trane’s “Classic Quartet”—pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist...
A picture is worth a thousand notes
08/01/15 Overdue Ovation
At peace, but never at rest
Let the Bells Ring On , the vigorous first album from seven-string guitarist Charlie Hunter’s trio with drummer Bobby Previte and trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, is, on paper, a pretty transparent work. “Anthem USA” takes from rock music; “Hillbilly Heroine Chic”...
DRKWAV, the trio of keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Adam Deitch and saxophonist Skerik, is a vibe band. There is little in the way of harmony, melody or arrangement on The Purge , its debut album. Instead, there is the way the music feels: bleak, foreboding...
On soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome’s The Straight Horn of Africa: A Path to Liberation , the second entry in his The Art of the Soprano series, one hears, in addition to the leader’s ax, the sounds of mbira , synthesizer, flute and clarinet. But that’s all...
Marc Cary’s Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2 will do things to you. This is not a record that lives in a separate world from the listener. The leader’s Fender Rhodes electric piano will soothe you. Tarus Mateen’s deep electric bass will seduce you. And Terreon “Tank”...
Saxophonist goes for broke with his new three-disc release
Near the end of In the Beginning , the stunning new two-CD (or three-LP) set comprising early music from guitarist Wes Montgomery, tenor saxophonist Alonzo “Pookie” Johnson takes a solo on “All the Things You Are.” It’s a live show, the year is 1957, and...
The Song Is My Story , a gorgeous solo-piano album from the veteran South African musician Abdullah Ibrahim, is 17 tracks long. By jazz standards, it should be a two- or three-disc set. Instead, by the time the album has finished, only about 40 minutes have...
A rare chat with the bassist-producer
02/06/15 Overdue Ovation
The art of doing it all
An all-star ensemble and special guests pay tribute to Michael Brecker
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s outsized season opener
The five releases covered in this review—albums from pianist David Berkman, guitarist Peter Bernstein, drummer Rodney Green, tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton and singer-pianist Johnny O’Neal—were all recorded at the New York club Smalls in 2012 or 2013...
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Brad Farberman joined the JazzTimes community on Dec 15, 2012