Reviews

Portraits in Space and Time Paul Bollenback

11/23/14    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Paul Bollenback
Portraits in Space and Time
Mayimba

Portraits in Space and Time isn’t a live album, but Paul Bollenback makes a point of stressing that it’s deliberately structured like one. “This project was recorded almost exactly like the trio would play a gig,” writes the guitarist in his liner notes...

Identities Are Changeable Miguel Zenon

11/22/14    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Miguel Zenon
Identities Are Changeable
Miel

Alto saxophonist and composer Miguel Zenón is one of the most decorated jazz musicians of his generation, as measured by Grammy nominations, poll placements and MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships. He is important as a conceptualist. His eight recordings...

Historia Cindy Scott

11/22/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Cindy Scott
Historia
Catahoula

New Orleans’ Cindy Scott launched her recording career in 2002 with a relatively safe, entirely respectable platter of standards. Seven years later, she upped her game with a looser, more assured and far more musically adventurous sophomore disc. Historia...

The Art of Conversation Kenny Barron/Dave Holland

11/21/14    Albums    By Shaun Brady

Kenny Barron/Dave Holland
The Art of Conversation
Impulse!

There are conversations meant solely for the ears of those involved, full of jocular camaraderie and inside references. And then there are those designed to be overheard, where the dialogue is meant to engage and enlighten anyone who is listening in as well...

Singing the Blues Freddy Cole

11/20/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Freddy Cole
Singing the Blues
HighNote Records

Freddy Cole’s latest HighNote release, his eighth in 10 years, is a sort of 50th anniversary gift to himself, and to his listeners. In 1964, Cole made his LP debut with a fine, blues-tinged collection called Waiter, Ask the Man to Play the Blues . It should...

The Testament of Solomon John Zorn

11/19/14    Albums    By Bill Beuttler

John Zorn
The Testament of Solomon
Tzadik

Someone whose introduction to John Zorn came from dipping into the Masada Marathon at this past summer’s Newport Jazz Festival might be surprised by the composer’s quieter side. If the idea of Masada is, as Zorn has said, “to produce a sort of radical Jewish...

New Song Omer Avital

11/18/14    Albums    By Bill Beuttler

Omer Avital
New Song
Motema

Omer Avital’s New Song picks up where his marvelous Suite of the East left off two years ago, with more of the rich mix of modern jazz and the music of his multicultural roots that the bassist-composer thrives on. The core quintet has changed slightly, with...

Columbia and RCA Victor Live Recordings of Louis Armstrong and the All Stars Louis Armstrong

11/17/14    Albums    By Michael J. West

Louis Armstrong
Columbia and RCA Victor Live Recordings of Louis Armstrong and the All Stars
Mosaic Records

Even among the collectors and completists for whom it’s intended, a nine-CD box set is not for listening to en masse. It’s best to break it down into constituent segments. In Columbia and RCA Victor Live Recordings of Louis Armstrong and the All Stars...

Jazz Meets the Classics Paquito D'Rivera

11/16/14    Albums    By Ron Wynn

Paquito D'Rivera
Jazz Meets the Classics
Sunnyside

Though well known as a marvelous soloist in Latin- and mainstream-jazz contexts, Paquito D’Rivera also has an extensive background in classical and traditional Cuban music. This new release celebrates his abilities in all these worlds. It features fine arrangements...

Soul to Soul Carmen Lundy

11/16/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Carmen Lundy
Soul to Soul
Afrasia

Carmen Lundy’s 14th album marks the culmination of a musical journey that began more than a year ago in her home studio. While composing (or co-composing) 11 of the 13 tracks and writing all of the arrangements, Lundy established the feel of each tune by...