Reviews

A Boston Jazz Weekend, Part Two

04/14/15    Concerts    By Bill Beuttler

A Boston Jazz Weekend, Part Two

Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock, Symphony Hall, 4-12-15

Main Street Jim Snidero

04/14/15    Albums    By Michael J. West

Jim Snidero
Main Street
Savant

A determinedly straightahead alto saxophonist, Jim Snidero staffs his Main Street quartet with determinedly adventurous young musicians—and gets them swinging along with him. It’s no surprise to hear that pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist Linda Oh and drummer...

Lines of Color: Live at the Jazz Standard Gil Evans Project

04/12/15    Albums    By Colin Fleming

Gil Evans Project
Lines of Color: Live at the Jazz Standard
Blue Note/ArtistShare

The second outing from Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project presents a transition to the live medium, and if it’s possible for Evans’ arrangements to have more bonhomie than they typically do, it’s in this setting. Rarely does a big band sound so intimate...

So Many Things: The European Tour 1961 The John Coltrane Quintet Featuring Eric Dolphy

04/10/15    Albums    By Colin Fleming

The John Coltrane Quintet Featuring Eric Dolphy
So Many Things: The European Tour 1961
Acrobat Music

Eric Dolphy’s bolstering of the Classic Quartet into a titan-heavy quintet has long split the Coltrane camp. The naysayers cite an ensemble sound that had become too busy, with Dolphy, as master colorist, providing too many bright and distracting rays. The...

Take This Jacky Terrasson

04/09/15    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Jacky Terrasson
Take This
Impulse!

Nearly three minutes into the first of Take This ’ two interpretations of “Take Five,” pianist Jacky Terrasson, bassist Burniss Earl Travis II, drummer Lukmil Perez Herrera and percussionist Adama Diarra abruptly stop playing. The sudden dead silence lasts...

Field Notes: Antonio Sanchez’s “Birdman” Live

04/08/15    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Field Notes: Antonio Sanchez’s “Birdman” Live

A singular cinematic experience in NYC

The Currency is Heat Shelley Neill

04/08/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Shelley Neill
The Currency is Heat
Cobalt Blue

It’s hard to figure what the title of vocalist Shelley Neill’s latest disc, her sixth to date, is meant to convey. The closest to real heat that rises from this collection of jazz-steeped pop covers is an “At Last” that pales in comparison to the blistering...

Coming Forth by Day Cassandra Wilson

04/07/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Cassandra Wilson
Coming Forth by Day
Legacy

Though it’s disheartening to realize that even an artist as eminent as Cassandra Wilson had to turn to PledgeMusic to fund her centenary salute to Billie Holiday, it’s best to set aside such state-of-things ponderings and focus on the outcome. Which is...

Review: Cape Town International Jazz Festival

04/06/15    Concerts    By Shaun Brady

Review: Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Diverse but often disconnected

Going Home Joey Calderazzo

04/06/15    Albums    By Britt Robson

Joey Calderazzo
Going Home
Sunnyside

Joey Calderazzo has carved out a sneaky-good career for himself. Probably best known for replacing Kenny Kirkland in the piano chair of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, he has released nine discs as a leader over the past 24 years. Although they routinely...