Reviews

Imaginary Cities Chris Potter Underground Orchestra

03/19/15    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Chris Potter Underground Orchestra
Imaginary Cities
ECM Records

Some of Chris Potter’s best recordings are by the group he calls Underground, with Craig Taborn on Fender Rhodes, Adam Rogers on guitar and Nate Smith on drums. His new album introduces an expanded version of the Underground quartet. It adds Steve Nelson...

Timeless Alicia Olatuja

03/18/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Alicia Olatuja
Timeless
World Tune

If you happened to number among the million-strong crowd that filled the National Mall for President Obama’s January 2013 inauguration, then you’re already familiar with Manhattan School-trained mezzo-soprano Alicia Olatuja, whose brief performance with...

The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy

03/17/15    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy
The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy
Deep Rhythm

The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy, the drummer/bandleader’s 15-piece collective, is all about big : big band, big sound, the big buzz they’ve generated during their Tuesday-night residency at Yoshi’s in the Bay Area. The band’s self-titled debut recording...

Turning 90, Drummer Roy Haynes Celebrates with Metheny and McBride

03/16/15    Concerts    By Allen Morrison

Turning 90, Drummer Roy Haynes Celebrates with Metheny and McBride

Innovative and inexhaustible at the Blue Note

The Now Aaron Goldberg

03/16/15    Albums    By Britt Robson

Aaron Goldberg
The Now
Sunnyside

The Now marks the fifth tersely titled disc in 16 years for pianist Aaron Goldberg’s trio with drummer Eric Harland and bassist Reuben Rogers. An obvious parallel to this persistent dedication to art and craft is the Brad Mehldau Trio, led by another pianist...

Richard's Tune Don Pullen

03/15/15    Albums    By David Whiteis

Don Pullen
Richard's Tune
Delmark/Sackville

Don Pullen, for all his “out” reputation, was a deeply melodic pianist who never forsook the diverse influences he absorbed during his early years (church, R&B, straight-ahead club/lounge gigs), along with his immersion in the ’60s-era free movement and...

Swingin' on the Korner: Live at Keystone Korner Red Garland Trio

03/14/15    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Red Garland Trio
Swingin' on the Korner: Live at Keystone Korner
Elemental

When discussing jazz’s great pianists, Red Garland usually gets mentioned late in the conversation, if at all. Despite his centrality to the first great Miles Davis quintet, his work with John Coltrane and his successful run as a trio leader, Garland’s star...

New Beginnings Michael O'Neill & Kenny Washington

03/13/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Michael O'Neill & Kenny Washington
New Beginnings
Jazzmo

Though jazz singing suffered a significant loss this past year with the death of Jimmy Scott, who knew that a richly gifted alternative has been waiting in the wings? Actually, San Franciscans have known for a while. Like Scott, Washington is small of stature...

Songs for Quintet Kenny Wheeler

03/12/15    Albums    By Britt Robson

Kenny Wheeler
Songs for Quintet
ECM Records

Songs for Quintet is a surprisingly strong benediction upon the career of Kenny Wheeler, who passed away due to a long illness nine months after this December 2013 recording, his final session with other musicians. Wheeler, on flugelhorn, lacks the voluptuous...

Akua Dixon Akua Dixon

03/11/15    Albums    By Michael J. West

Akua Dixon
Akua Dixon
Akua's Music

Akua Dixon made a baffling choice in self-titling her second album, which features the cellist in a string quartet, plus special guests. It’s a declamatory presentation, but what is she declaiming when she solos exactly three times on the entire album? That...