Brad Farberman

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10/21/14    Albums

Joy in Spite of Everything
Stefano Bollani

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...


09/24/14    Concerts

Concert Review: Chucho Valdés, Pedrito Martinez & Wynton Marsalis @ JALC

The puzzle pieces, not the puzzle


08/19/14    Features

Jazz and the Art of the Striptease

A sexy, sultry and surprisingly deep alliance


07/16/14    Features

David Binney: The Long Haul

Inside his steadily progressive, consistently diverse, always compelling career


07/14/14    Albums

The Invention of Animals
The John Lurie National Orchestra

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...


06/28/14    Features

Steve Lehman’s Otherworldly Octet Music Stands on Bop Tradition

Everything from something


06/19/14    Albums

For Living Lovers: Revealing Essence
Brandon Ross & Stomu Takeishi

“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...


06/02/14    Albums

Lucky People
Moutin Factory Quintet

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...


05/01/14    Features

Mehliana: Two Players, Many Roads

Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana stretch out


04/02/14    Albums

Shadow Box
Bob Devos

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...


03/01/14    Features

Keyboardist Jason Lindner: All Things Considered

Spanning genres, cultures, formats and technologies


02/05/14    Albums

I Go Humble
Travis Sullivan’s Björkestra

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...


11/08/13    Concerts

Review: The 17th Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

In the sweaty beach air, power, spirit—and lots of hand percussion


11/01/13    Features

Only in New York

Adventurous NYC big bands are expanding the scope of Jewish music


10/08/13    Features

Grace Kelly: Good Grace

At 21, the saxophonist/singer is a crowd-pleaser. But has she paid her dues?


08/10/13    Features

Gilad Hekselman's Direct Connection

The Israeli guitarist strives for simplicity

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Brad Farberman joined the JazzTimes community on Dec 15, 2012