Singer Karla Harris Pays Tribute to Dave and Iola Brubeck

03/09/15    Concerts    By Ken Franckling

Singer Karla Harris Pays Tribute to Dave and Iola Brubeck

Concert one of the highlights of Sarasota Jazz Festival

My Dance Judi Silvano

03/09/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Judi Silvano
My Dance

Across a kaleidoscopic recording career that recently entered its third decade, vocalist Judi Silvano has worked with pianoless groups, all-female outfits, a vocal ensemble performing a cappella, and even crafted, with husband Joe Lovano, an album of music...

Bird Calls Rudresh Mahanthappa

03/08/15    Albums    By Britt Robson

Rudresh Mahanthappa
Bird Calls
ACT Music + Vision

Alto saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa has usually been most riveting when engaged in collaborative projects. While Raw Materials, his duo with pianist Vijay Iyer, is probably most renowned, Mahanthappa’s best creative partnerships have often...

Romance, Swing and the Blues Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation

03/07/15    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation
Romance, Swing and the Blues

Marcus Roberts went large with his latest. Financing the project with a Kickstarter campaign, the pianist-composer maintained his loyal trio of bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Jason Marsalis, called upon tenor saxophonist Stephen Riley, an early cohort...

Mythology Matt Brewer

03/06/15    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Matt Brewer
Criss Cross

Matt Brewer’s recording debut as a leader is an underground all-star project. Underground because the players here are critics’ favorites but not exactly festival draws; all-star because they are heavy hitters on the frontier of the jazz art form. They are...

Round Nina: A Tribute to Nina Simone Various Artists

03/05/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Various Artists
Round Nina: A Tribute to Nina Simone

A dozen years have passed since Nina Simone left us, yet it’s taken until now for a substantial tribute album to emerge. Making up for lost time, this 10-track import pays superlative homage to the singularly vibrant Simone in all her musical hues. Welcomingly...

Children of the Sun Joe Sample & NDR Bigband

03/04/15    Albums    By Michael J. West

Joe Sample & NDR Bigband
Children of the Sun

The late pianist Joe Sample’s final work is also easily his most ambitious: an album-length suite exploring the emotional landscape of slaves in the Middle Passage, written for Germany’s 20-plus-piece NDR Bigband. At times the ambition is too much for its...

Intents and Purposes Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet

03/03/15    Albums    By Michael J. West

Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet
Intents and Purposes
Enja Records

The conceit behind Intents and Purposes is a nifty one: seminal fusion tunes, rendered in the gentler textures of acoustic guitar (Rez Abbasi), vibraphone (Bill Ware), bass (Stephan Crump) and drums (Eric McPherson). Abbasi’s Acoustic Quartet makes its point...

Hamburg '72 Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian

03/01/15    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian
Hamburg '72
ECM Records

Reissues and previously unreleased “vault” recordings are crucial to the jazz record industry. Since the start of the compact disc era in 1983, both have abounded. The steady stream of important previously unreleased old recordings has necessitated a new...

Sonic Halo Tineke Postma/Greg Osby

02/28/15    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Tineke Postma/Greg Osby
Sonic Halo
Challenge Records

Everyone who reads this magazine has friends who hate jazz. To them it sounds discordant, cacophonous, nervous and willfully abstract. Don’t play them this record. Not that it will sound that way to experienced, committed jazz listeners. They will hear the...