Reviews

2 in Love David Benoit Featuring Jane Monheit

08/02/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

David Benoit Featuring Jane Monheit
2 in Love
Concord Records

When smooth-jazz pioneer David Benoit, whose dense piano style seems to have arrived at the curious intersection of Vince Guaraldi and Liberace, teams with Jane Monheit, still the plumiest of jazz singers, the proceedings can get a little overripe. Though...

Now This Gary Peacock Trio

08/01/15    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Gary Peacock Trio
Now This
ECM Records

For 32 years, Gary Peacock has been the bassist in one of the great piano trios in the history of jazz. You might think that on the infrequent occasions when he leads his own projects, he would choose another format. Think again. With Keith Jarrett, Peacock...

Listen to This: Miles Davis and Bitches Brew Victor Svorinch

07/31/15    Books    By Matt R. Lohr

Victor Svorinch
Listen to This: Miles Davis and Bitches Brew

It is surprising that Victor Svorinich’s Listen to This: Miles Davis and Bitches Brew is the first full-length book devoted to examining the 1970 double-album that set the trumpeter on a electrified path from which he never wavered until his death in 1991...

Save Your Breath Kris Davis Underground

07/31/15    Albums    By Britt Robson

Kris Davis Underground
Save Your Breath
Clean Feed

The octet Infrasound is named for a low-frequency tone that is felt as much as heard. A phalanx of bass clarinetists—Oscar Noriega, Ben Goldberg, Andrew Bishop and Joachim Badenhorst—are the primary messengers of this mellifluous rumble, and are at the heart...

EastSideRioDrive Nilson Matta

07/30/15    Albums    By Lucy Tauss

Nilson Matta
EastSideRioDrive
Krian

Brazilian-born, now New York-based acoustic bassist and bandleader Nilson Matta finds distinctive, sometimes unexpected ways to present well-known compositions on EastSideRioDrive . Matta is joined by a stellar group of players—including saxophonist Craig...

Night and Day Vincent Herring

07/30/15    Albums    By Philip Booth

Vincent Herring
Night and Day
Smoke Sessions

Alto saxophonist Vincent Herring references Cannonball Adderley and other formative influences and mentors on Night and Day , a bracing live-in-the-studio album. The disc, something of a successor to 2013’s The Uptown Shuffle , is buoyant hard bop of the...

Emerge Stephan Crump & Mary Halvorson: Secret Keeper

07/29/15    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Stephan Crump & Mary Halvorson: Secret Keeper
Emerge
Intakt

From the moment Stephan Crump and Mary Halvorson played together they felt a musical rapport. The set of improvisation on 2013’s Super 8 bore this out by including music the bassist and guitarist recorded during their initial encounter at Crump’s home studio...

Get Up! Bob Mintzer Big Band

07/28/15    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Bob Mintzer Big Band
Get Up!
MCG Jazz

Like so many baby-boomer jazzmen, Bob Mintzer, during his most impressionable years, took in not only jazz but the radio hits of the day—including the soul, R&B and funk that inspired Get Up! Three of the nine tracks here, sequenced consecutively, are ’60s...

Review: Umbria Jazz Festival 2015

07/27/15    Concerts    By Thomas Conrad

Review: Umbria Jazz Festival 2015

The biggest-ever annual bash in Perugia

Passion World Kurt Elling

07/27/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Kurt Elling
Passion World
Concord Records

Kurt Elling’s latest, his second with bassist Clark Sommers, drummer Kendrick Scott and guitarist John McLean, is also his first without pianist and arranger Laurence Hobgood. (Keyboardist Gary Versace now completes the ace quintet.) It’s a momentous turning...