Reviews

I Remember Cedar David Hazeltine

01/30/15    Albums    By Britt Robson

David Hazeltine
I Remember Cedar
Sharp Nine

I Remember Cedar represents the passing of a baton, with a lingering grip. Pianist Cedar Walton had a profound influence on the musical artistry of David Hazeltine. For his part, Walton once called Hazeltine “for sure the brightest star on the jazz piano...

All Of You: The Last Tour 1960 The Miles Davis Quintet featuring John Coltrane

01/28/15    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

The Miles Davis Quintet featuring John Coltrane
All Of You: The Last Tour 1960

John Coltrane had been an on-and-off member of Miles Davis’ First Great Quintet for five years when the group—filled out at this juncture by pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb—embarked on a European tour in early spring of...

Concert Review: “The Nearness of You” at Jazz at Lincoln Center

01/26/15    Concerts    By Brad Farberman

Concert Review: “The Nearness of You” at Jazz at Lincoln Center

An all-star ensemble and special guests pay tribute to Michael Brecker

Pacific Jazz Clare Fischer Big Band Directed By Brent Fischer

01/26/15    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Clare Fischer Big Band Directed By Brent Fischer
Pacific Jazz
Clavo

Clare Fischer, who passed away in 2012 at age 83, was an extraordinarily prolific musician, with dozens of albums as a leader recorded over a half-century, a lengthy list of credits as composer, arranger (for Prince, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney as...

In the Ivory Matt Ulery

01/25/15    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Matt Ulery
In the Ivory
Greenleaf Music

In the Ivory wasn’t written as a soundtrack, but someone ought to take it and build a film around the music. Matt Ulery, a bassist and composer, writes melodies that beg for expansive cinematic shots of open plains and characters who speak more through facial...

Destination: Void Peter Evans Quintet

01/24/15    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Peter Evans Quintet
Destination: Void
More is More

It might be hard to believe that Destination: Void comes from the same trumpet player who, a few months ago, performed a precise imitation of Miles Davis on Blue , Mostly Other People Do the Killing’s note-for-note recreation of Kind of Blue . What was warm...

Concert Review: Christian Tamburr in Southwest Florida

01/23/15    Concerts    By Ken Franckling

Concert Review: Christian Tamburr in Southwest Florida

Celebrating a small but distinctive fraternity

Shadows Mark Murphy

01/23/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Mark Murphy
Shadows
TCB

Throughout Mark Murphy’s remarkably multifaceted recording career, spanning seven decades, there have been only a couple of gaps, the longest stretching from 1991 to 1996. Now, from the tail end of that fallow period come these eight tracks, recorded in...

T-Duality Ananda Gari

01/21/15    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Ananda Gari
T-Duality
Auand

Since the 1980s, alto saxophonist Tim Berne has been a primary operator in that fertile jazz zone where “in” crosses over into “out.” His discography as a leader is wide and deep, including two acclaimed recent releases on the ECM label. T-Duality is interesting...

Things of That Particular Nature Duane Eubanks Quintet

01/20/15    Albums    By David Whiteis

Duane Eubanks Quintet
Things of That Particular Nature
Sunnyside

This is a relaxed set that nonetheless bristles with optimism and exploratory drive, toughened by challenging melody lines and taut horn blends that sometimes recall the Jazz Messengers—showing the influence, perhaps, of the late pianist and former Messenger...