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Going Home Joey Calderazzo

04/06/15    Albums    By Britt Robson

Joey Calderazzo
Going Home
Sunnyside

Joey Calderazzo has carved out a sneaky-good career for himself. Probably best known for replacing Kenny Kirkland in the piano chair of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, he has released nine discs as a leader over the past 24 years. Although they routinely...

Duchess Duchess

04/05/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Duchess
Duchess
Anzic

From the 1930s through the early ’60s, female vocal trios remained a fixture on pop charts and airwaves. Come the British Invasion, then the singer-songwriter era, those tight and breezy harmonies fell out of favor. Across the past four decades there have...

With Love to Ella and Joe Adrienne West With Alessio Menconi

04/03/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Adrienne West With Alessio Menconi
With Love to Ella and Joe
Dot TIme

Ella Fitzgerald’s years at Verve, largely under the expert guidance of Norman Granz, remain her most celebrated. Yet only once during that period was she provided the opportunity to record with just guitar. On “Wait Till You See Her,” off 1956’s Sings the...

Salsa de la Bahia Vol. 2: Hoy y Ayer--A Collection of SF Bay Area Salsa and Latin jazz Various Artists

04/02/15    Albums    By Fernando Gonzalez

Various Artists
Salsa de la Bahia Vol. 2: Hoy y Ayer--A Collection of SF Bay Area Salsa and Latin jazz
Patois

Even those familiar with names such as Cal Tjader, Clare Fischer, Francisco Aguabella or John Santos often have a sketchy idea about the history and present of the West Coast Latin scene. Here is an all-in-one refresher course and teaser. Salsa de la Bahia...

Turning Point Dave Burrell/Steve Swell

04/01/15    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Dave Burrell/Steve Swell
Turning Point
NoBusiness

Effectively depicting the struggles of the Civil War presents a challenge for any group, especially a piano/trombone duo. But pianist Dave Burrell, composer-in-residence at Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum and Library, has used his position to research the...

Tomasz Stanko’s New York Quartet in Culver City, California

03/31/15    Concerts    By Thomas Conrad

Tomasz Stanko’s New York Quartet in Culver City, California

The Jazz Bakery’s “Movable Feast” rolls on

Out of My Dreams Joanne Tatham

03/31/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Joanne Tatham
Out of My Dreams
Cafe Pacific

Peter Erskine’s sparkling drum solo, ushering in the breezy McCoy Tyner-Sammy Cahn confection “You Taught My Heart to Sing,” seems a perfect introduction to vocalist Joanne Tatham. Blessed with impeccable phrasing and a meticulous sense of time, Tatham projects...

Break Stuff Vijay Iyer Trio

03/31/15    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Vijay Iyer Trio
Break Stuff
ECM Records

Vijay Iyer has been up to a lot since his trio recorded its last album, 2012’s fantastic Accelerando . Iyer is the most celebrated pianist in jazz—he may be the most celebrated musician in jazz right now—and that gives him great creative license. He’s used...

The Complete Dial Modern Jazz Sessions Various Artists

03/29/15    Albums    By Geoffrey Himes

Various Artists
The Complete Dial Modern Jazz Sessions
Mosaic Records

To understand the significance of Dial Records, a good place to start is the tune “Relaxin’ at Camarillo.” Camarillo is 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, where Dial was founded in 1945 by Ross Russell, the young owner of the Tempo Music Shop, the record...

The Last Southern Gentlemen Delfeayo Marsalis

03/27/15    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Delfeayo Marsalis
The Last Southern Gentlemen
Troubadour Jass

A fine line separates old school from old hat, and Delfeayo Marsalis’ The Last Southern Gentlemen dances that line from beginning to end. The album is styled as a throwback, its languid mood and program of time-worn chestnuts meant to conjure, as the trombonist...