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MD66 Jim Snidero

12/11/16    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Jim Snidero
MD66
Savant

The title means “Miles Davis 1966.” The Second Great Quintet reshaped jazz 50 years ago. Its records still sound current. Jim Snidero’s 20th recording as a leader is, approximately, a tribute album. His quintet shares some of the Davis band’s harmonic and...

Half Moon: Live in New York Kendra Shank & Geoffrey Keezer

12/11/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Kendra Shank & Geoffrey Keezer
Half Moon: Live in New York
Ride Symbol

Eight years ago, Kendra Shank was scheduled for a hometown concert at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse. A cancelled flight left her regular pianist, Frank Kimbrough, stranded on the East Coast. Desperate for a substitute, Shank learned that Geoffrey Keezer...

Slavic Soul Party Plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite Slavic Soul Party!

12/10/16    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Slavic Soul Party!
Slavic Soul Party Plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite
Ropeadope

What we have here is a New York band, whose music is built largely upon Balkan brass motifs, reimagining a 50-year-old work inspired, despite its title, by Duke Ellington’s tour of the Middle East, India and environs. On paper that might seem gimmicky, but...

Shelter From the Storm: Songs of Hope for Troubled Times Barb Jungr

12/10/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Barb Jungr
Shelter From the Storm: Songs of Hope for Troubled Times
Linn Records

With nearly two-dozen albums under her belt, Barb Jungr, Britain’s foremost chansonnière , finally crossed the Atlantic for a recording session. As her debut American date took shape, she jumped at the chance to work with pianist Laurence Hobgood, marking...

Ready Take One Erroll Garner

12/09/16    Albums    By Colin Fleming

Erroll Garner
Ready Take One
Sony/Legacy

Languishing on acetate for nearly 50 years, this previously unreleased cache of Erroll Garner recordings is a sort of Concert by the Studio , if you will, with commentary interposed. Half the material comes from a Chicago studio in late November 1967, with...

Can You Love Once More? Judy Carmichael & Harry Allen

12/09/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Judy Carmichael & Harry Allen
Can You Love Once More?
GAC

In the tradition of Nat King Cole and Diana Krall, Judy Carmichael began her recording career as strictly a pianist, subsequently incorporating her equally adroit abilities as a jazz singer. Three years ago, she released I Love Being Here With You , a momentous...

Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth Charlie Hunter

12/08/16    Albums    By Philip Booth

Charlie Hunter
Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth
GroundUP

Charlie Hunter’s album and song titles—including this record’s name, taken from something Mike Tyson uttered—aren’t the only off-kilter aspects of his music. And I mean that in the best sense of the term, as in unpredictable and often delightfully so. The...

Heart Beat Bill O'Connell and the Latin Jazz All-Stars

12/07/16    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Bill O'Connell and the Latin Jazz All-Stars
Heart Beat
Savant

At both its fieriest and gentlest, Bill O’Connell’s music exudes sophistication, savvy and steam—never more so, perhaps, than on Heart Beat . As always, O’Connell leans Latin on his latest, a set of seven original works bolstered by tunes from Jobim and...

#knowingishalfthebattle Orrin Evans

12/06/16    Albums    By David Whiteis

Orrin Evans
#knowingishalfthebattle
Smoke Sessions

Pianist-composer Orrin Evans expands his usual lineup here, adding guitarists Kevin Eubanks and Kurt Rosenwinkel to the mix. From the moment Eubanks enters (on “Calls,” the second track), he wastes no time taking things into fresh sonic and harmonic territory...

Paco and John: Live at Montreux (1987) Paco de Lucía and John McLaughlin

12/05/16    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Paco de Lucía and John McLaughlin
Paco and John: Live at Montreux (1987)
Eagle Rock

John McLaughlin has often noted that he discovered flamenco music as a teenager, even before he heard jazz; so hungry was he for exposure to the style that he snuck into flamenco pubs to try to pick up guitar tips. When he heard Paco de Lucía in 1978, McLaughlin...