Reviews

Sings Verse and Chorus Larry Carr

04/12/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Larry Carr
Sings Verse and Chorus
Essential

Though minor enough a player that he rates nary a footnote in James Gavin’s definitive Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret , Larry Carr was widely admired by Manhattan’s cognoscenti. In his memoirs, impresario George Wein credits Carr as...

Energies of Change David Gilmore

04/10/16    Albums    By Mike Shanley

David Gilmore
Energies of Change
Evolutionary

Sometimes it’s not what time signature you play in but what you can play in that time signature. From his time with M-Base musicians like Steve Coleman to more recent sessions with Rudresh Mahanthappa (as well as his own work as a leader), guitarist David...

Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4 Sonny Rollins

04/10/16    Albums    By Mac Randall

Sonny Rollins
Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4
Doxy/OKeh

Sonny Rollins’ most celebrated album of the 21st century is, and may very well always be, Without a Song: The 9/11 Concert . In part that’s because of the dramatic circumstances behind its genesis. Four days after the 2001 destruction of the World Trade...

Steve Miller with Jimmie Vaughan: Live at JALC

04/09/16    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Steve Miller with Jimmie Vaughan: Live at JALC

Blues, roots and "Blue Skies"

Standing Tall Ken Fowser

04/08/16    Albums    By Michael J. West

Ken Fowser
Standing Tall
Posi-Tone

It’s been quite a while since a tenor saxophonist arrived who’s learned the lessons of Lester Young as fully as Ken Fowser has. His compositions are honed to their essence; his solos combine fresh lyricism and firm pocket. But what shines brightest (and...

The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam Thundercat

04/08/16    Albums    By Britt Robson

Thundercat
The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam
Brainfeeder vinyl

Stephen Bruner, a.k.a. Thundercat, is a genuine artist. We know this because at a pivotal, spotlight moment in his career—right on the heels of his vital contributions to a trio of magnificent recordings by Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar and Kamasi Washington—he...

Written in the Rocks Renee Rosnes

04/06/16    Albums    By John Murph

Renee Rosnes
Written in the Rocks
Smoke Sessions

Veteran pianist and composer Renee Rosnes delivers conceptual heft, suspenseful compositions and mesmerizing performances on her first album for the Smoke Sessions label. Evolutionary science, the theories of Charles Darwin and the work of Canadian technology...

The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald Jane Monheit

04/06/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Jane Monheit
The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald
Emerald City

Among vocal-jazz projects, surely the most ambitious and sublime is Ella Fitzgerald’s near-decade-long series of eight releases saluting giants of the Great American Songbook. Initiated by Norman Granz in 1956 to ignite his fledgling Verve label, the landmark...

Live in London Peggy Lee

04/04/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Peggy Lee
Live in London
Universal

Peggy Lee claimed London was her favorite city. She traveled there often, first in 1961, regularly throughout the 1980s and for a final appearance at Royal Albert Hall in 1990. Most significant was a 1977 visit, resulting in back-to-back albums for Polydor...

Interview: Ethan Hawke

04/04/16    Movies    By Evan Haga

Interview: Ethan Hawke

On Chet Baker, the trappings of biopics, and more