Inner Agent David Gibson

10/26/16    Albums    By Michael J. West

David Gibson
Inner Agent

The tuxedoed, sunglasses-clad, cocktail-nursing David Gibson in Inner Agent’s CD-gatefold photo evokes not the James Bond type that the title suggests but the laidback cool of the Rat Pack. That’s not what the trombonist’s postbop music brings to mind, though...

“100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella!” Reviewed

10/25/16    Concerts    By Jeff Tamarkin

“100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella!” Reviewed

Featuring Andra Day, Monica Mancini, Lizz Wright and more

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off Seamus Blake/Chris Cheek With Reeds Ramble

10/25/16    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Seamus Blake/Chris Cheek With Reeds Ramble
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
Criss Cross

Two-tenor frontlines are thin on the ground, but there is a small tradition. Back in the day, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis/Johnny Griffin and Al Cohn/Zoot Sims had good runs. Of the “Top 50 Tenor Sax Albums of All Time” (according to the June 2012 issue of this...

Sunday Night at the Vanguard The Fred Hersch Trio

10/25/16    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

The Fred Hersch Trio
Sunday Night at the Vanguard
Palmetto Records

Sunday Night at the Vanguard is pianist Fred Hersch’s second live recording at the Greenwich Village club with his current trio featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson. It’s an ideal venue for this band, as their empathetic interplay makes...

All L.A. Band Bob Mintzer

10/24/16    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Bob Mintzer
All L.A. Band
Fuzzy Music

Bob Mintzer’s All L.A. Band is classic-style big-band music with cutting-edge origins. The album’s 10 tracks, original Mintzer compositions from throughout the tenor saxophonist’s decades-spanning career, were initially recorded for a play-along app that...

Letter From Stockholm

10/23/16    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Letter From Stockholm

Editor Evan Haga on the Swedish capital's annual jazz festival

Eros Omar Sosa & Paolo Fresu

10/23/16    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Omar Sosa & Paolo Fresu

Nearly a quarter century has passed since Cuban pianist Omar Sosa emigrated to the States, launching a brilliant, internationally acclaimed recording career that shows not the faintest sign of waning. In fact, Eros , which reteams the keyboardist with Italian...

Cosmic Adventure Scott Tixier

10/22/16    Albums    By Michael J. West

Scott Tixier
Cosmic Adventure

Considering its unconventional frontline of Scott Tixier’s violin and Yvonnick Prene’s harmonica, Cosmic Adventure is surprisingly conventional jazz. The album’s nine tracks are mostly A-B forms, mostly swinging, mostly with lyrical, hummable melodies and...

Touch My Beloved's Thought Greg Ward & 10 Tongues

10/21/16    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Greg Ward & 10 Tongues
Touch My Beloved's Thought
Greenleaf Music

Upon completing an album, Charles Mingus often said the new work was the best thing he’d ever made. He might have been accurate when discussing The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady . The six-part suite, recorded in 1963, made great strides in rendering the...

Café Society: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various Artists

10/20/16    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Various Artists
Café Society: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Sony Masterworks

The soundtrack to Woody Allen’s new film, Café Society , is a very nice, very polite affair. Bassist, bandleader and arranger Vince Giordano, who has been involved in the music for many of Allen’s movies, is a longtime custodian of 1920s and ’30s jazz, and...