Reviews

Modern American Music...Period! The Criteria Sessions Jaco Pastorius

04/18/14    Albums    By Philip Booth

Jaco Pastorius
Modern American Music...Period! The Criteria Sessions
Omnivore

Modern American Music … Period! , released on CD, multicolored vinyl and via download, offers the unfettered 1974 Miami demo sessions for bassist Jaco Pastorius’ 1976 solo debut. These recordings, previously unissued in full, unedited form, have been in...

Le Vent Colin Vallon

04/18/14    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Colin Vallon
Le Vent
ECM Records

The Colin Vallon Trio’s second ECM album picks up where the first, Rruga , left off, with its cool detachment, insistent grooves and post-postmodern sensibility. The Swiss pianist and his sidemen, bassist Patrice Moret and new drummer Julian Sartorius, deftly...

Rhizome Fabian Almazan

04/17/14    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Fabian Almazan
Rhizome
Blue Note/ArtistShare

Rhizome is too diverse to be called a concept album. But it is a single arc, a deep personal reflection on our present moment. A rhizome is a giant plant system in which individual plants above ground share a single subterranean stem. For Fabian Almazan...

Promises to Burn Janice Borla

04/16/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Janice Borla
Promises to Burn

To discredit the adage “Those who can’t, teach,” look no further than Janice Borla. This summer marks the 26th anniversary of Borla’s Vocal Jazz Camp, one of the finest training grounds in the country for young singers. For just as long, Borla has ranked...

The Beatles: A Jazz Tribute Various Artists

04/15/14    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Various Artists
The Beatles: A Jazz Tribute
HighNote Records

Amidst all of the hoopla surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America, it’s worth tossing aside the group’s cultural impact for a minute and considering the music on its own terms. Could anyone, back in early 1964, have imagined that...

the imagined savior is far easier to paint Ambrose Akinmusire

04/14/14    Albums    By Michael J. West

Ambrose Akinmusire
the imagined savior is far easier to paint
Blue Note Records

Self-seriousness lurks in the piano and trumpet delicacies that begin the imagined savior is far easier to paint ; all that’s missing is ECM’s famous five-second silence. By album’s end, though, it has developed into an early candidate for the best of 2014...

Fourteen Dan Weiss

04/13/14    Albums    By Lloyd Sachs

Dan Weiss
Fourteen
Pi Recordings

A stirrer of jazz and ethnic styles as an accompanist for such wide-ranging artists as Miguel Zenón, Rez Abbasi and Joel Harrison, drummer Dan Weiss steps out here as a leader with his most ambitious effort: a seven-part, through-composed work for 14 pieces...

That Which Is Planted 1032K

04/12/14    Albums    By Mike Shanley

1032K
That Which Is Planted
Passin' Thru

Repertory bands tend to be a safe way to gain recognition, since the music of revered masters lures audiences more effectively than original compositions. The trio 1032K toys with that concept because the material they cover comes from Albert Ayler, Charles...

Kin (←→) Pat Metheny Unity Group

04/11/14    Albums    By Geoffrey Himes

Pat Metheny Unity Group
Kin (←→)
Nonesuch Records

Ever since 1980, when guitarist Pat Metheny became a big enough jazz star to record whatever he wanted, he has more or less alternated avant-garde ventures with more populist projects. His user-friendly collaborations with keyboardist Lyle Mays in the ’80s...

Concerts Bregenz/München Keith Jarrett

04/11/14    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Keith Jarrett
Concerts Bregenz/München
ECM Records

This three-CD box contains two Keith Jarrett solo concerts from 1981. The performance in Bregenz, Austria, has been previously reissued on CD. The concert in Munich, Germany, appears here on CD for the first time. Bregenz/München belongs with Jarrett’s other...