Children of the Light Perez Patitucci Blade

11/26/15    Albums    By Mac Randall

Perez Patitucci Blade
Children of the Light
Mack Avenue Records

Although pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade have never recorded as a trio before, they’ve been playing together regularly since 2000, when they joined forces on Pérez’s Motherland . For most of the past 15 years, of course...

Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival--2014 Mack Avenue Superband

11/26/15    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Mack Avenue Superband
Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival--2014
Mack Avenue Records

On the Mack Avenue Superband’s third con–secutive live recording from the Detroit Jazz Festival, there are no big surprises. But there are a couple of little ones. You know what you’re going to get when you give the 2014 edition a spin: all-star performances...

Varuna Laurie Antonioli & Richie Beirach

11/25/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Laurie Antonioli & Richie Beirach
Origin Records

Perhaps least known among contemporary jazz’s great voice-piano duos, with 25 years of shared history, Laurie Antonioli and Richie Beirach are also masters of delayed gratification. The Duo Session , their first album as coleaders, was recorded in 1992 but...

The Bronx Pyramid Carlos Henriquez

11/25/15    Albums    By Philip Booth

Carlos Henriquez
The Bronx Pyramid
Blue Engine

Fellow bassists have long marveled at the way Carlos Henriquez attacks his strings. The South Bronx native’s lines are clean, crisp and to-the-point—jet fuel for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and other groups led by his mentor, Wynton Marsalis, and...

Review: Vocalist Kenny Washington in Naples, Florida

11/24/15    Concerts    By Ken Franckling

Review: Vocalist Kenny Washington in Naples, Florida

Under-recorded West Coast singer shares his jazz mastery

Table of Changes Marilyn Crispell/Gerry Hemingway

11/24/15    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Marilyn Crispell/Gerry Hemingway
Table of Changes

Marilyn Crispell’s ECM recordings, including duets with bassist Gary Peacock and trio sessions that added Paul Motian, revealed the more delicate, lyrical side of the pianist’s playing, which both complemented and contrasted her prior work in true-blue free...

Christian McBride Trio Live at the Village Vanguard

11/24/15    Albums    By Colin Fleming

Live at the Village Vanguard
Christian McBride Trio
Mack Avenue Records

Cutting an album at the Village Vanguard is both a rite of passage and an attempt to take one’s own place in a particularly hallowed hall of live recordings. But it’s evident here, with the opening take of Wes Montgomery’s “Fried Pies,” that Christian McBride’s...

Review: Cecil Taylor Tribute Concert at Harlem Stage

11/23/15    Concerts    By Shaun Brady

Review: Cecil Taylor Tribute Concert at Harlem Stage

Honoree is a no-show, but his spirit is invoked

We Are the Drum Kendrick Scott Oracle

11/23/15    Albums    By Michael J. West

Kendrick Scott Oracle
We Are the Drum
Blue Note Records

We Are the Drum would be worth its sticker price just for Lizz Wright sigh-singing the beautiful, melodically off-kilter ballad “This Song in Me.” But the third album by drummer Kendrick Scott’s quintet Oracle has 10 more lovely tracks, each built with a...

Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth Josef Woodard

11/23/15    Books    By Matt R. Lohr

Josef Woodard
Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth

Josef Woodard’s Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth is an unauthorized biography. But it’s hard to imagine any authorized volume providing richer perspectives on one of jazz’s living visionaries. A longtime contributor to a broad range of publications...