Reviews

I Remember You Diane Schuur

07/20/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Diane Schuur
I Remember You
Jazzheads Records

Diane Schuur is the Ethel Merman of jazz: a consummate professional who never misses her mark and knows precisely how to sell whatever she’s selling, with a big sound and a penchant for grand gestures. For Schuur’s latest, she is backed by an all-star ensemble—pianist...

Fuzzy Logic Taylor Haskins

07/19/14    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Taylor Haskins
Fuzzy Logic
Sunnyside

Taylor Haskins never once blows hot on Fuzzy Logic . This isn’t about pyrotechnic declarations of agility and endurance. Instead, Haskins’ trumpet lines are measured, bold and warm, always pronounced but never overwhelming. It really couldn’t go any other...

Tribute Tim Hegarty

07/18/14    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Tim Hegarty
Tribute

Tim Hegarty’s Tribute is framed as a paean to the artists whose teachings and example still inform the veteran saxophonist’s work, most notably Jimmy Heath, with whom Hegarty studied saxophone and composition and who wrote four of Tribute ’s 10 tracks. The...

Extended Circle Tord Gustavsen Quartet

07/17/14    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Tord Gustavsen Quartet
Extended Circle
ECM Records

Norwegian pianist-composer Tord Gustavsen creates music like nothing else in jazz today, and his new quartet recording, Extended Circle , is a vivid illustration of the singularity of his take on the form. Throughout the album’s 12 tracks, eight of which...

We Are One The Omar Hakim Experience

07/16/14    Albums    By Carlo Wolff

The Omar Hakim Experience
We Are One
Ozmosis

We Are One is state-of-the-art fusion, suggesting the ’80s never ended. A recording of style, sonics, intermittent tenderness and virtuosity, it’s a smooth, if at times hollow showcase for drummer Omar Hakim, a veteran session man who has played with everyone...

Review: Mexico’s Jalisco Jazz Festival

07/15/14    Concerts    By Aidan Levy

Review: Mexico’s Jalisco Jazz Festival

A July 4th weekend of Latin-infused cosmopolitanism

Way Forward Way Back Les Grant

07/15/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Les Grant
Way Forward Way Back

A true renaissance man, Les Grant is a trailblazer in online healthcare, a senior hospital executive in Manhattan, an accomplished actor with a spectrum of regional and off-Broadway successes, a gifted writer and, in whatever spare time that leaves, a jazz...

The Invention of Animals The John Lurie National Orchestra

07/14/14    Albums    By Brad Farberman

The John Lurie National Orchestra
The Invention of Animals
Amulet Records

Saxophonist John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards could function like an orchestra. On its last album, 1998’s Queen of All Ears , there was bass, drums, guitar, percussion, keys, cello and three horns. Lurie’s National Orchestra, though, was a minimal thing. Featuring...

Life In the Bubble Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

07/13/14    Albums    By John Murph

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
Life In the Bubble
Telarc

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band returns with its winning combination of impeccable musicianship and pop savvy. Goodwin’s long history of working in the film industry serves him well; he knows how to deliver charts that burst with melodic ingenuity and snazzy...

Oh No! Not Jazz! The Ed Palermo Big Band

07/11/14    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

The Ed Palermo Big Band
Oh No! Not Jazz!
Cuneiform Records

Ed Palermo’s righteous fixation on Frank Zappa has been documented previously in three other volumes wherein the saxophonist and arranger retools the late genius’ work for big band. This fourth outing is a double-CD that features Zappa music on disc one...