Reviews

Columbia and RCA Victor Live Recordings of Louis Armstrong and the All Stars Louis Armstrong

11/17/14    Albums    By Michael J. West

Louis Armstrong
Columbia and RCA Victor Live Recordings of Louis Armstrong and the All Stars
Mosaic Records

Even among the collectors and completists for whom it’s intended, a nine-CD box set is not for listening to en masse. It’s best to break it down into constituent segments. In Columbia and RCA Victor Live Recordings of Louis Armstrong and the All Stars...

Jazz Meets the Classics Paquito D'Rivera

11/16/14    Albums    By Ron Wynn

Paquito D'Rivera
Jazz Meets the Classics
Sunnyside

Though well known as a marvelous soloist in Latin- and mainstream-jazz contexts, Paquito D’Rivera also has an extensive background in classical and traditional Cuban music. This new release celebrates his abilities in all these worlds. It features fine arrangements...

Soul to Soul Carmen Lundy

11/16/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Carmen Lundy
Soul to Soul
Afrasia

Carmen Lundy’s 14th album marks the culmination of a musical journey that began more than a year ago in her home studio. While composing (or co-composing) 11 of the 13 tracks and writing all of the arrangements, Lundy established the feel of each tune by...

Trilogy Chick Corea Trio

11/15/14    Albums    By Bill Meredith

Chick Corea Trio
Trilogy
Stretch/Concord

After half a century as a preeminent jazz composer and musician, 73-year-old keyboardist Chick Corea is in a rare place as an artist who can release practically whatever he wants. In recent years, his incredibly prolific output has included everything from...

A Touch of Radiance Yelena Eckemoff Quintet

11/14/14    Albums    By Britt Robson

Yelena Eckemoff Quintet
A Touch of Radiance
L&H

Proof that Russian pianist Yelena Eckemoff is an extraordinary composer is evident from the phenomenal musicians she was able to recruit for her first-ever collection of original music for quintet. The august rhythm tandem of drummer Billy Hart and bassist...

Free Souls Nicola Conte

11/14/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Nicola Conte
Free Souls
Schema

Italian producer and guitarist Nicola Conte first gained recognition for his cunning re-imaginings of acid jazz via influences from bossa nova, classic Italian film scores and Indian music. More recently, he’s focused solely on Latin jazz. With Free Souls...

Time and Time Again The Cookers

11/13/14    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

The Cookers
Time and Time Again
Motema

For their fourth release, the Cookers have swapped out saxophonist Craig Handy for Donald Harrison, raising the median age of the septet to just under 70. All of that longevity doesn’t mean complacency, however: The 69-year-old pianist George Cables, septuagenarians...

Love and Ghosts Farmers By Nature

11/12/14    Albums    By Britt Robson

Farmers By Nature
Love and Ghosts
AUM Fidelity

The abundance of talent, trust, self-confidence, patience and intuition required to collectively improvise at such a high level for more than an hour at a time is possessed by the three members of Farmers by Nature and precious few others. The trio’s third...

I Love You, Yes I Do Barbara Morrison

11/12/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Barbara Morrison
I Love You, Yes I Do
Savant

In terms of artistic rapport, Barbara Morrison and Houston Person are about as close to Billie and Prez as you’ll likely get today. They first united on disc in 2005, capturing a live date at the Dakota in Minneapolis. Eight years later, now label-mates...

The Rosemary Clooney CBS Radio Recordings 1955-61 Rosemary Clooney

11/11/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Rosemary Clooney
The Rosemary Clooney CBS Radio Recordings 1955-61
Mosaic Records

Venture over to the Mosaic Records website and you’ll discover that this five-disc set, filled with 104 tracks recorded by Rosemary Clooney for various CBS radio programs over a seven-year span, is likely the first release in the archival label’s venerable...