Reviews

Over and Out Dmitry Baevsky

08/21/15    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Dmitry Baevsky
Over and Out
Jazz Family

There are now more important jazz musicians who hail from outside the continental U.S. than ever before. Take alto saxophone players. Two of the best, Francesco Cafiso and Miguel Zenón, are from Italy and Puerto Rico. Tineke Postma and Mattia Cigalini, from...

Bessie: Music From the HBO Film Various Artists

08/20/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Various Artists
Bessie: Music From the HBO Film
HBO Films/Legacy

In May, when HBO premiered Bessie , starring a sharply cast Queen Latifah as blues legend and vocal-jazz pioneer Bessie Smith, the company ensured it was as truthful as it was entertaining. The same high standards extend to the soundtrack. Latifah dominates...

2nd Avenue: The Return of the Cello-Quartet Joshua Breakstone

08/19/15    Albums    By Britt Robson

Joshua Breakstone
2nd Avenue: The Return of the Cello-Quartet
Capri Records

For decades, guitarist Joshua Breakstone has been a reliable purveyor of light, elegant bebop. On his last two albums for the Capri label, including this new offering, 2nd Avenue , he has successfully experimented with a cello quartet that expands his métier...

Rockport Jazz Festival 2015

08/19/15    Concerts    By Bill Beuttler

Rockport Jazz Festival 2015

Spectacular sounds -- and sights -- in Mass.

Review: Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival

08/18/15    Concerts    By Paul Bloomfield

Review: Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival

Bringing a community together with crowd-pleasing music

The Melody Kenny Werner

08/18/15    Albums    By Britt Robson

Kenny Werner
The Melody
Pirouet

The Pirouet label out of Germany has established itself as a haven for pianists of staunch scholarship possessing an exquisite touch. Few fit that description better than Kenny Werner, who literally wrote the book on creativity— Effortless Mastery is his...

Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 Miles Davis

08/16/15    Albums    By Colin Fleming

Miles Davis
Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4
Columbia/Legacy

Even the most special, consistent performers can have venues where they grab a kind of inspired toehold and secure that next level. For an athlete like Michael Jordan, that venue was Madison Square Garden; for an equally dynamic jazz artist like Miles Davis...

Plucky Strum Harvie S/Sheryl Bailey

08/15/15    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Harvie S/Sheryl Bailey
Plucky Strum

Its fanciful title—guitarist Sheryl Bailey strums, bassist Harvie S plucks—may imply whimsy, but the melodic intricacy created by the duo on this all-originals outing (four by him, six by her) is some seriously heady stuff. Bailey and S never drop the ball—something...

Vinicius Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim Vinicius Cantuária

08/14/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Vinicius Cantuária
Vinicius Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim
Sunnyside

According to bestselling author, psychologist, neuroscientist and musician Daniel J. Levitin, we all start to construct our personal musical boundaries at age 14 and have firmly set those parameters by age 24. So, for Brazilian singer, songwriter, guitarist...

futuresoul Boney James

08/13/15    Albums    By Lucy Tauss

Boney James
futuresoul
Concord Records

Retro-soul meets new-school production on Boney James’ futuresoul . The contemporary jazz saxophonist built a highly successful career on a sound deeply rooted in R&B, and his credentials in that arena are impeccable. Heavily influenced by the likes of Grover...