Reviews

Modern Flows EP Vol. 1 Marquis Hill

04/27/15    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Marquis Hill
Modern Flows EP Vol. 1
Skiptone

Chicago-raised trumpeter Marquis Hill, winner of last year’s Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, displays his compositional prowess along with his chops on his fourth recording as a leader, Modern Flows EP Vol. 1 . Its 10 original compositions...

Review: Jazz & Colors--The Full Spectrum Edition

04/25/15    Concerts    By Jeff Tamarkin

Review: Jazz & Colors--The Full Spectrum Edition

"A very cool concept" returns to the Met

New Orleans Jazzfest Begins

04/25/15    Concerts    By Evan Haga

New Orleans Jazzfest Begins

Kidd Jordan, Nicholas Payton and more

Orphic Machine Ben Goldberg

04/25/15    Albums    By Michael J. West

Ben Goldberg
Orphic Machine
Royal Potato Family/BAG

With its childlike melody, twinkling vibraphone and repeated lyrics, the opening section of “Reading,” which begins Orphic Machine , clarinetist-composer Ben Goldberg’s album of nonet settings for the poetry of Allen Grossman, is annoyingly precious. That...

Afro Blue Harold Mabern

04/23/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Harold Mabern
Afro Blue
Smoke Sessions

Though elder statesman Harold Mabern’s blocky, aggressive piano style may seem better suited to the small army of horn players he’s worked with—from Miles, Ornette and Freddie Hubbard to George Coleman and Eric Alexander—it’s worth remembering that Mabern’s...

Live at Monterey Jazz Festival Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints

04/21/15    Albums    By Michael J. West

Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints
Live at Monterey Jazz Festival
Blue Note Records

Sound Prints’ co-leaders, saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas, both solo on the band’s debut album, Live at Monterey Jazz Festival . But the real meat of the recording, and of the band, is their interplay: harmony, counterpoint, call-and-response...

Review: The Savannah Music Festival 2015

04/20/15    Concerts    By Perry Tannenbaum

Review: The Savannah Music Festival 2015

Horns meet mallets for a new kind of showdown

Wallflower Diana Krall

04/19/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Diana Krall
Wallflower
Verve

Over the years, the career-arc similarities of Diana Krall and Nat King Cole have often been cited: how Krall, like Cole, started out as purely a jazz pianist; how singing was, at first, strictly a sideline; and how vocal prowess proved the catalyst for...

Koln Marshall Gilkes/WDR Big Band

04/17/15    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Marshall Gilkes/WDR Big Band
Koln
Alternate Side

The word has reached the street: Marshall Gilkes is a trombone badass, an original thinker with chops of doom. He has made three impressive albums as a leader and lit up ensembles as different as the trio of Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda and the orchestra...

Shadows in the Night Bob Dylan

04/16/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Bob Dylan
Shadows in the Night
Columbia Records

Bob Dylan never has been, and never will be, a jazz singer. But when an artist of his stature and history decides to record an entire album of standards, it demands attention. Shadows in the Night has been widely ballyhooed as Dylan’s “Sinatra project,”...