Reviews

Dialogue Myra Melford & Ben Goldberg

09/20/16    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Myra Melford & Ben Goldberg
Dialogue
BAG

Ben Goldberg and Myra Melford have each served in supporting roles on one another’s ambitious projects. Melford’s piano appeared in Goldberg’s Orphic Machine last year, a nonet session that combined original music with the writer Allen Grossman’s poetic...

Habana Dreams The Pedrito Martinez Group

09/19/16    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

The Pedrito Martinez Group
Habana Dreams
Motema

Pedrito Martinez, the Cuban-born percussionist whose 2013 Motéma leader debut earned him a Grammy nomination, is celebrating big-time on the follow-up. With U.S.-Cuban relations having thawed, the longtime New York resident convened his group and headed...

Birdwatching Anat Fort Trio/Gianluigi Trovest

09/18/16    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Anat Fort Trio/Gianluigi Trovest
Birdwatching
ECM Records

Birdwatching unfolds in that oh-so-familiar ECM way, as if its creators have all the time in the world to say what they have to say. Anat Fort, the Israeli pianist, volunteers to make the first statement, solo, for little more than two minutes, on “First...

Spotlight on Standards Jerry Bergonzi

09/17/16    Albums    By Mac Randall

Jerry Bergonzi
Spotlight on Standards
Savant

The beams of this particular spotlight have the power to reharmonize, a favorite tactic for Jerry Bergonzi when it comes to playing selections from the Great American Songbook. Messing with changes is one thing, though; doing so in an organ-trio format—marking...

Behind the Vibration Rez Abbasi & Junction

09/14/16    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Rez Abbasi & Junction
Behind the Vibration
Cuneiform Records

On the face of it, Rez Abbasi’s new CD appears to be the product of an ordered mind and an inquisitive nature—an effort, as the guitarist himself has put it, “to answer the question: What might a modern jazz album sound like in the hands of contemporary...

Live: Mulatu Astatke at the Met

09/13/16    Concerts    By Shaun Brady

Live: Mulatu Astatke at the Met

The father of Ethio-jazz plays his first New York concert in a decade

Short Stories Dominick Farinacci

09/13/16    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Dominick Farinacci
Short Stories
Mack Avenue

If Short Stories isn’t ultimately regarded as 33-year-old trumpeter Dominick Farinacci’s breakthrough release, it won’t be for lack of imagination or effort. Produced by Grammy-winner Tommy LiPuma with an ear toward achieving broad exposure, the album finds...

Black Orpheus Masabumi Kikuchi

09/12/16    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Masabumi Kikuchi
Black Orpheus
ECM Records

A recording of the final live solo performance of pianist-composer Masabumi Kikuchi (1939-2015), Black Orpheus vividly illustrates just how broad ranging the idea of “jazz” has become. This music was captured at Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall in 2012...

Things We Did Last Summer Organik Vibe Trio

09/11/16    Albums    By Philip Booth

Organik Vibe Trio
Things We Did Last Summer
Cellar Live

Things the Organik Vibe Trio did the winter before last: Tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, organist Ron Oswanski and drummer Marko Marcinko—all of whom played with the Maynard Ferguson Big Bop Nouveau Band—and guests Vic Juris on guitar and vibraphonist Dave...

Montage Luis Perdomo

09/10/16    Albums    By Britt Robson

Luis Perdomo
Montage
Hot Tone

The Venezuelan pianist Luis Perdomo is more than just a Latin-jazz titan (although much of his work with Miguel Zenón, and the Criss Cross label release The Infancia Project , is recommended in that vein). He’s also a postbopper who can burn, and a sensitive...