Reviews

Plucky Strum Harvie S/Sheryl Bailey

08/15/15    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Harvie S/Sheryl Bailey
Plucky Strum

Its fanciful title—guitarist Sheryl Bailey strums, bassist Harvie S plucks—may imply whimsy, but the melodic intricacy created by the duo on this all-originals outing (four by him, six by her) is some seriously heady stuff. Bailey and S never drop the ball—something...

Vinicius Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim Vinicius Cantuária

08/14/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Vinicius Cantuária
Vinicius Canta Antonio Carlos Jobim
Sunnyside

According to bestselling author, psychologist, neuroscientist and musician Daniel J. Levitin, we all start to construct our personal musical boundaries at age 14 and have firmly set those parameters by age 24. So, for Brazilian singer, songwriter, guitarist...

futuresoul Boney James

08/13/15    Albums    By Lucy Tauss

Boney James
futuresoul
Concord Records

Retro-soul meets new-school production on Boney James’ futuresoul . The contemporary jazz saxophonist built a highly successful career on a sound deeply rooted in R&B, and his credentials in that arena are impeccable. Heavily influenced by the likes of Grover...

Diga Diga Doo: Hot Music from Chicago Marty Grosz/Fat Babies

08/12/15    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Marty Grosz/Fat Babies
Diga Diga Doo: Hot Music from Chicago
Delmark Records

Fledgling jazz musicians take note. In his annotations to this lighthearted collection of vintage tunes, Marty Grosz, the 85-year-old guitarist, banjoist, crooner and raconteur, offers some sage advice: “I suggest that you take up an instrument, study and...

Covered: The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live at Capitol Studios Robert Glasper

08/11/15    Albums    By Bill Beuttler

Robert Glasper
Covered: The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live at Capitol Studios
Blue Note Records

Robert Glasper’s plunge into the world of R&B and hip-hop widened his fan base and earned him a pair of Grammy Awards, but he found himself missing the piano. So he reconvened his original acoustic trio with bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid...

Dee Dee's Feathers Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

08/10/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
Dee Dee's Feathers
OKeh

It takes a keen-eared, fluidly adaptive performer to capture both the breadth and subtleties that define New Orleans’ musical landscape. Dee Dee Bridgewater, though born in a far different music hotbed, Memphis, and raised in Michigan, is just such an artist...

A Tribute to Fort Apache Band Jerry González & Miguel Blanco Big Band

08/09/15    Albums    By David Whiteis

Jerry González & Miguel Blanco Big Band
A Tribute to Fort Apache Band
Youkali

Trumpeter-percussionist Jerry González’s Fort Apache Band is certainly not the first to graft elements of bebop, postbop and straight-ahead swing onto an Afro-Cuban framework. But its relatively sparse voicings and the dexterity and subtlety of its soloists...

Love is a Pendulum Joe Locke

08/08/15    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Joe Locke
Love is a Pendulum
Motema

Joe Locke is on the short list of important vibraphone players post-Milt Jackson. Love Is a Pendulum is his most ambitious undertaking to date. Its nine new original compositions include a suite in five movements, based on a poem by Barbara Sfraga. The emphasis...

Luminosa Anat Cohen

08/07/15    Albums    By Michael J. West

Anat Cohen
Luminosa
Anzic

Anat Cohen has always loved Brazil’s music, and her seventh disc, Luminosa , goes deep down that rabbit hole. The Israeli multireedist’s quartet (keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Daniel Freedman) assays Brazilian standards and Brazilian...