Reviews

Concert Review: Jason Moran's Fats Waller Dance Party

04/07/14    Concerts    By Bill Beuttler

Concert Review: Jason Moran's Fats Waller Dance Party

Berklee Performance Center, Boston, April 4

A Night In November Kidd Jordan & Hamid Drake

04/07/14    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Kidd Jordan & Hamid Drake
A Night In November
Valid

This is unenjoyable—not just listening to A Night in November but savaging an album by two of improvised music’s all-time greats. Saxophonist Kidd Jordan and drummer Hamid Drake have made plenty of jaw-dropping recordings over their lengthy careers. They...

Soul Quest Keiko Matsui

04/06/14    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Keiko Matsui
Soul Quest
Shanachie

Everyone can use a good shakeup once in a while to put things into perspective, and the nervous system of Japanese-born pianist and composer Keiko Matsui certainly underwent a serious reboot when she found herself in a Tokyo train station during the massive...

Destination Moon Deana Martin

04/05/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Deana Martin
Destination Moon

Among the female progeny of post-WWII pop elite who’ve established musical careers themselves—an impressive list that includes Liza Minnelli, Natalie Cole and Nancy Sinatra—Deana Martin, fourth of Dean’s eight children, remains the least known. An accomplished...

The Edenfred Files Darryl Harper

04/04/14    Albums    By Lloyd Sachs

Darryl Harper
The Edenfred Files
Hipnotic Records

For all the freedom from tradition contemporary clarinetists have gained, they frequently make it or break it artistically based on the quality of their sound. But as strong a player as Darryl Harper is, the most striking and appealing thing about his music...

Rocket Science Evan Parker/Craig Taborn/Sam Pluta/Peter Evans

04/03/14    Albums    By Bill Beuttler

Evan Parker/Craig Taborn/Sam Pluta/Peter Evans
Rocket Science
More is More

Some forward-looking albums can serve as great casual listening. But Rocket Science , four sonic explorations performed live by a collaborative quartet in London, isn’t one of them. On tenor and soprano saxophones is Evan Parker, long a leading light of...

Shadow Box Bob Devos

04/02/14    Albums    By Brad Farberman

Bob Devos
Shadow Box
American Showplace

The sharp, bluesy guitarist Bob DeVos came up in the groups of Jimmy McGriff and Hank Crawford, Richard “Groove” Holmes and Sonny Stitt, and Charles Earland, and the music on his fifth album, Shadow Box , sounds exactly like the soul-jazz conjured up by...

Circle In a Square Lauren Kinhan

04/01/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Lauren Kinhan
Circle In a Square
Dotted i

Lauren Kinhan is, as both a longstanding member of New York Voices and a solo artist, a tremendously gifted jazz singer. The added advantage of Kinhan’s individual releases is that they showcase her estimable songwriting dexterity. On her third solo album...

Why Stop Now...Ubuntu Michael Pedicin

03/31/14    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Michael Pedicin
Why Stop Now...Ubuntu
Ground Blue

Several apparently disconnected influences coalesce on Why Stop Now … Ubuntu , tenor saxophonist Michael Pedicin’s 12th album as a leader. First there is the concept of Ubuntu, an African word meaning human kindness at its simplest, but an idea that extends...

Massive Threads Kris Davis

03/30/14    Albums    By Britt Robson

Kris Davis
Massive Threads
Thirsty Ear

Kris Davis clearly communicates abstract concepts, a talent that endears her work to intellectual listeners. The imagery that comes out of her piano can be vividly cinematic, but her compositional style ensures that the sonic movie will likely be of the...