Reviews

Things of That Particular Nature Duane Eubanks Quintet

01/20/15    Albums    By David Whiteis

Duane Eubanks Quintet
Things of That Particular Nature
Sunnyside

This is a relaxed set that nonetheless bristles with optimism and exploratory drive, toughened by challenging melody lines and taut horn blends that sometimes recall the Jazz Messengers—showing the influence, perhaps, of the late pianist and former Messenger...

Change Partners: Live at the Yardbird Suite Champian Fulton

01/19/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Champian Fulton
Change Partners: Live at the Yardbird Suite
Cellar Live

Savoring this tight, satisfying hour-long live session, it seems remarkable how briefly vocalist and pianist Champian Fulton had been acquainted with her accompanying trio. As Canadian saxophonist Cory Weeds explains in the liner notes, in 2013 he invited...

I Give Up, I'm In Love Marlene Verplanck

01/18/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Marlene Verplanck
I Give Up, I'm In Love
Audiophile

At age 81 Marlene VerPlanck remains as plucky as ever. Her voice is increasingly tremulous, her range foreshortened, but 23 albums into a career that started with the big bands of Charlie Spivak and Tommy Dorsey her verve and insight are undiminished. On...

Urban Folklore Thomas Marriott

01/17/15    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Thomas Marriott
Urban Folklore
Origin Records

Thomas Marriott would be better known if he had stayed in New York, where he was a respected trumpet player on the scene in the early years of the new millennium. Instead, for quality-of-life reasons, he returned to his hometown of Seattle, where he has...

OverTime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

01/16/15    Albums    By Owen Cordle

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
OverTime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer
Planet Arts Recordings

Bob Brookmeyer was a charter member of the Jazz Band, otherwise known as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and eventually the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. From the beginning he not only played valve trombone but also wrote for the group. Brookmeyer moved to...

The Process Jon Batiste/Chad Smith/Bill Laswell

01/15/15    Albums    By Colin Fleming

Jon Batiste/Chad Smith/Bill Laswell
The Process
M.O.D.

Certain albums just radiate a lot more groove than others, and with its hoodoo rhythms, souped-up dub textures and “When the Levee Breaks”-style drum surges, The Process is, at times, that rare brand of jazz that can double as club music. Red Hot Chili Peppers...

NYC Winter Jazzfest 2015

01/13/15    Concerts    By Aidan Levy

NYC Winter Jazzfest 2015

Tradition and innovation collide at this annual marathon fest

In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral Branford Marsalis

01/13/15    Albums    By Colin Fleming

Branford Marsalis
In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral
Marsalis/OKeh

It took a while to get there, but Branford Marsalis’ first unaccompanied live album, cut in the same hallowed San Franciscan church-space as Duke Elilngton’s 1960s Sacred Concerts, feels like an inevitable visitation. This is one man alone with his three...

Angel Eyes Afro Bop Alliance

01/12/15    Albums    By Owen Cordle

Afro Bop Alliance
Angel Eyes
Zoho

The most unusual feature of the septet Afro Bop Alliance is the presence of steel pans in the frontline alongside trumpet and alto and tenor saxophones. A recent addition to the band, pans player Victor Provost is a vigorous and dazzling soloist, and the...

To Lady With love Annie Ross

01/11/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Annie Ross
To Lady With love
Red Anchor

Though she did record one subsequent, posthumously released album, 1958’s Lady in Satin has long been considered Billie Holiday’s exit music. Its musical worth remains heatedly debated, one camp insisting it ranks among her best work, another decrying Holiday’s...