Reviews

Azul Infinito Ryan Keberle & Catharsis

05/04/16    Albums    By Britt Robson

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis
Azul Infinito
Greenleaf Music

ou need a magnifying glass to get through the copious liner notes of Azul Infinito , but it’s an illuminating slog. First, the composer-trombonist Ryan Keberle explains how a native of the suburbs of the Pacific Northwest fell in with South American musicians...

Montreal Celebrates International Jazz Day

05/04/16    Concerts    By Sharonne Cohen

Montreal Celebrates International Jazz Day

Sonia Johnson, Marianne Trudel, Jazzamboka and others showcased

At This Time Steve Kuhn

05/03/16    Albums    By Philip Booth

Steve Kuhn
At This Time
Sunnyside

Steve Kuhn’s At This Time… is defined by a kind of heartbeat-groove propulsion: Steve Swallow’s clean, pick-pushed electric bass figures nestle against Joey Baron’s free-tinted but supportive drums, as the leader’s articulate piano lines sound the melodies...

One to One: Jane Harvey Sings Ellington Jane Harvey

05/02/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Jane Harvey
One to One: Jane Harvey Sings Ellington
Little Jazz Bird

Surely the most underappreciated jazz vocalist of the past half-century, Jane Harvey boasted a résumé that included stints with Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Desi Arnaz but recorded infrequently as a leader. Harvey’s record sales were minuscule at best...

Sarabande Fred Hersch

05/01/16    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Fred Hersch
Sarabande
Sunnyside

Sarabande is a straight-up reissue of one of Fred Hersch’s first recordings, and it features the pianist in a trio setting with bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Joey Baron in 1986. Re-releasing the nine-track set sans bonus tracks or any other embellishments...

Arclight Julian Lage

04/29/16    Albums    By Mac Randall

Julian Lage
Arclight
Mack Avenue Records

A departure in two major ways, Arclight is Julian Lage’s recorded debut on electric guitar and his first album to delve deeply into non-original material. The format is a simple trio: Scott Colley on double bass, Kenny Wollesen on drums, plus occasional...

Moonshadow Dance Rebecca Kilgore

04/26/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Rebecca Kilgore
Moonshadow Dance
Cherry Pie

Like Rebecca Kilgore, Ellen Vanderslice is a pillar of the Portland jazz community. Though an architect by trade, Vanderslice is also an accomplished (and remarkably prolific) composer, occasional singer and leader of a local quartet. The Cherry Pie Music...

Otis Was a Polar Bear Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom

04/22/16    Albums    By Michael J. West

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom
Otis Was a Polar Bear
The Royal Potato Family

The cutesy title of Otis Was a Polar Bear , the third album by drummer-composer Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom sextet, is not an anomaly. Inspired by the birth of Miller’s first child, the album exudes preciousness throughout. It seems to want to capture...

Jazz Foundation of America Loft Party

04/22/16    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Jazz Foundation of America Loft Party

Highlights include Kahil El'Zabar, the Cookers, a tribute to Bowie and more

Review: The 2016 Savannah Music Festival

04/18/16    Concerts    By Perry Tannenbaum

Review: The 2016 Savannah Music Festival

Shy folk charm and dazzle in Georgia