Reviews

Numbers & Letters Andrew Rathbun Quartet

12/11/14    Albums    By David Whiteis

Andrew Rathbun Quartet
Numbers & Letters
SteepleChase

Saxophonist Andrew Rathbun and his compatriots tap into powerful emotions without succumbing to them. Rathbun remains resolutely in control (and coherent) at even the fastest tempos, and his balladry resonates with hard-won peace as well as pathos. His interplay...

Interview: James Gavin, Author of New Peggy Lee Bio

12/10/14    Books    By Jeff Tamarkin

Interview: James Gavin, Author of New Peggy Lee Bio

“Is That All There Is?” is a comprehensive portrait of a troubled, brilliant artist

We're Back Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio

12/10/14    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio
We're Back
Whaling City Sound

They’re back? They didn’t go anywhere, thankfully. The Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio released its first album last fall, and as it began climbing the jazz charts, the drummer quickly reconvened bassist Ron Carter and pianist Kenny Barron for round two...

The People in Your Neighborhood Led Bib

12/10/14    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Led Bib
The People in Your Neighborhood
The Good Egg

Cuneiform Records

Led Bib broadens its reach and deepens its complexity on The People in Your Neighbourhood , the rambunctious British quintet’s fifth proper studio album. The group—drummer Mark Holub, bassist Liran Donin, keyboard player Toby McLaren and dueling alto saxophonists...

Live: Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at Birdland

12/09/14    Concerts    By Philip Booth

Live: Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at Birdland

Imaginative colorations and driving Latin grooves

Mboko David Virelles

12/09/14    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

David Virelles
Mboko
ECM Records

Among young jazz pianists with exceptional technical facility, David Virelles is atypical in his willingness to make chops subservient to an esoteric cause and a minimalist concept. The subtitle of Mbókò is “Sacred Music for Piano, Two Basses, Drum Set and...

Jazz Funk Soul Jeff Lorber/Chuck Loeb/Everette harp

12/08/14    Albums    By Lucy Tauss

Jeff Lorber/Chuck Loeb/Everette harp
Jazz Funk Soul
Shanachie

Three of contemporary jazz’s most popular artists—keyboardist Jeff Lorber, guitarist Chuck Loeb and saxophonist Everette Harp—offer a fresh take on fusion on Jazz Funk Soul , an album that grew out of a successful tour. The title is certainly truth in advertising...

Singular Curves Swallow/Talmor/Nussbaum

12/07/14    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Swallow/Talmor/Nussbaum
Singular Curves
Auand

Tenor saxophonist Ohad Talmor calls bass guitarist Steve Swallow’s arrangement of “Carolina Moon” “deceptively complicated” and “challenging.” But to listen to the version of the 1920s chestnut on this album, there doesn’t appear to be anything complex about...

Sentimentale Richard Galliano

12/06/14    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Richard Galliano
Sentimentale
Resonance Records

If Richard Galliano is jazz’s greatest accordionist, that’s largely because the French squeezebox virtuoso has had minimal competition. But having the field to himself hasn’t stopped Galliano from casting an ever-wider net, vacuuming up genres over the decades...

Nostalgia Annie Lennox

12/06/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Annie Lennox
Nostalgia
Blue Note Records

Though he doesn’t appear on Nostalgia , Herbie Hancock deserves partial credit for its inspiration. Back in 2012, Lennox was rehearsing with Hancock for a concert presented in Washington as part of the United Nations’ Global AIDS Conference. It was the first...