Reviews

Live in Concert Manu Katche

02/11/15    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Manu Katche
Live in Concert
ACT Music + Vision

Manu Katché has left ECM after four records, and his new album, Live in Concert , showcases a slightly more aggressive side of the drummer, who is a Frenchman with African roots. The disc, recorded at the New Morning jazz club in Paris, contains nine songs...

Concert Review: Pat Martino in Florida

02/10/15    Concerts    By Ken Franckling

Concert Review: Pat Martino in Florida

“A great artist who lifts the bandstand with his genius”

City Folk James Farm

02/10/15    Albums    By Britt Robson

James Farm
City Folk
Nonesuch Records

On City Folk the heralded quartet James Farm indicates they are in it for the long haul. The song-based, ensemble-first aesthetic that guided their eponymous debut three years ago has only deepened, with the composers taking more liberties than the soloists...

In the Wee Small Hours Sax Gordon

02/08/15    Albums    By David Whiteis

Sax Gordon
In the Wee Small Hours
Delmark Records

Tenorman Sax Gordon joins forces here with organist Alberto Marsico and drummer Alessandro Minetto to recreate the classic soul-jazz organ trio. The set list, as might be expected, is rich with standards and chestnuts, but neither Gordon nor his compatriots...

Because of Billie Molly Johnson

02/07/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Molly Johnson
Because of Billie
Universal

As Molly Johnson explains in the liner notes, when people note her similarity to Billie Holiday, she responds that, no, she’s not “like” Holiday but is “because of” her. Which is a stretch, considering that Johnson’s career began with a brief flirtation...

10--10th Anniversary: Best of-Live at the SFJAZZ Center SFJAZZ Collective

02/05/15    Albums    By Britt Robson

SFJAZZ Collective
10--10th Anniversary: Best of-Live at the SFJAZZ Center
SFJAZZ

The founding template for the SFJAZZ Collective, devised by saxophonist Joshua Redman and executive artistic director Randall Kline in 2004, was a stroke of genius. Recruit a stellar octet of musician-composers and underwrite a residency, tour and recording...

That the Days Go By and Never Come Again Indigo Mist

02/04/15    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Indigo Mist
That the Days Go By and Never Come Again
RareNoise

Indigo Mist is the partnership of Cuong Vu, the trumpeter who came up in the Pat Metheny Group and has forged an identity with an ethereal rock-leaning sound, and Richard Karpen, a classically trained pianist and computer-music academic. The two met at the...

So Long, Eric!— Homage to Eric Dolphy Aki Takase/Alexander von Schlippenbach

02/03/15    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Aki Takase/Alexander von Schlippenbach
So Long, Eric!— Homage to Eric Dolphy
Intakt

Any musician, in celebrating an artist like Eric Dolphy, is stepping onto a minefield. Exploratory and ever-forward-looking, the music of the free-jazz pioneer seems almost designed to resist the sometimes bloodless tribute-recording format. Fortunately...

Concert: The Bad Plus at Berklee Performance Center

02/02/15    Concerts    By Bill Beuttler

Concert: The Bad Plus at Berklee Performance Center

Trio performs Ornette Coleman’s “Science Fiction” with special guests