Secular Hymns Madeleine Peyroux

10/15/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Madeleine Peyroux
Secular Hymns

It took a village for Madeleine Peyroux to shape this latest album, her seventh and Verve debut. Invited to perform in the tiny British burg of Little Milton, Peyroux found herself inside St. Mary the Virgin, a 12th-century Norman-styled church, for a sound...

All the Dreams Sara Serpa & André Matos

10/14/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Sara Serpa & André Matos
All the Dreams

As the French say, “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose,” though in the case of Lisbon-born, New York-based vocalist Sara Serpa, the sentiment need be inverted: The more things stay the same, the more they change. The prolific Serpa (six albums in nine...

Presents MONK'estra, Vol. 1 John Beasley

10/14/16    Albums    By Mike Joyce

John Beasley
Presents MONK'estra, Vol. 1
Mack Avenue

Thelonious Monk’s music reimagined and contemporized in an orchestral setting? If such a thing fills you with more dread than anticipation, rest assured: John Beasley, no stranger to Monk’s legacy, and an artist who has amassed a mile-long list of professional...

The Jubilee Concert Eberhard Weber

10/13/16    Movies    By Philip Booth

Eberhard Weber
The Jubilee Concert

German bassist Eberhard Weber, closely identified with the ECM sound, has long been appreciated for his unique voice as an instrumentalist, playing a custom-designed five-string electric-acoustic upright, and as a composer, employing various strains of chamber...

Colors for the Masters Steve Turre

10/12/16    Albums    By Philip Booth

Steve Turre
Colors for the Masters
Smoke Sessions

Steve Turre, responsible for some of the most creative and engaging trombone-led jazz sessions of recent vintage, goes for a non-concept concept here, in a manner of speaking. As suggested by the album’s title, for this outing Turre taps a rhythm section...

The New Breed Jeff Parker

10/12/16    Albums    By Nate Chinen

Jeff Parker
The New Breed
International Anthem

Jeff Parker, a guitarist best known for his work in the experimental Chicago rock band Tortoise, favors a clean tone with a judicious hint of delay. He’s a master of soulful phrasing, fluent but never flashy, and tends to present himself as the straight...

Blu-ray Review: Miles Ahead

10/10/16    Movies    By Matt R. Lohr

Blu-ray Review: Miles Ahead

Extras include insight-filled featurettes

Gardens in My Mind Joanna Wallfisch

09/29/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Joanna Wallfisch
Gardens in My Mind

On last year’s commendably challenging The Origin of Adjustable Things , pianist Dan Tepfer expertly prodded vocalist Joanna Wallfisch to venture beyond the near-baroque quietude that defines her core sound (and reveals her classical training). For the more...

We've Got a World That Swings Claire Martin & Ray Gelato

09/28/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Claire Martin & Ray Gelato
We've Got a World That Swings
Linn Records

There are showier jazz singers. There are splashier jazz singers. But there are few, if any, finer jazz singers than Claire Martin. She’s certainly the best the U.K. has produced, with her cunning mix of straight-ahead purity and interpretive legerdemain...

Disappearing Day Peter Eldridge

09/27/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Peter Eldridge
Disappearing Day

Among vocal-group gurus, Peter Eldridge is surely the most richly accomplished. A founding member of New York Voices, Eldridge is also a driving force of MOSS, with Luciana Souza, Kate McGarry, Theo Bleckmann and fellow NYV cornerstone Lauren Kinhan. He...