Massive Threads Kris Davis

03/30/14    Albums    By Britt Robson

Kris Davis
Massive Threads
Thirsty Ear

Kris Davis clearly communicates abstract concepts, a talent that endears her work to intellectual listeners. The imagery that comes out of her piano can be vividly cinematic, but her compositional style ensures that the sonic movie will likely be of the...

Memoir Libby York

03/29/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Libby York
Libby York

While Diana Krall continues to top vocal polls and rack up platinum album sales, Chicagoan Libby York remains comparatively obscure. So consider this open invitation to all Krall fans to dip into York’s meager—just four albums across 15 years—but mighty...

Live In Stockholm Don Cherry

03/28/14    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Don Cherry
Live In Stockholm
Caprice Records

It would be a few more years before Don Cherry would start playing his version of world music wholeheartedly, but elements of the trumpeter’s all-encompassing vision can be heard on these live recordings, most of them from 1968. This album marks their first...

Face Forward, Jeremy Jeremy Pelt

03/27/14    Albums    By Lloyd Sachs

Jeremy Pelt
Face Forward, Jeremy
HighNote Records

Electric music is nothing new to Jeremy Pelt, two of whose mid-2000s efforts for MaxJazz mined the fertile possibilities of fusion. But with last year’s Water and Earth and now Face Forward, Jeremy , both featuring the same basic band, the trumpeter seems...

Southern Comfort Regina Carter

03/26/14    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Regina Carter
Southern Comfort
Sony Masterworks

Whether or not Regina Carter intended to create a trilogy, Southern Comfort is the third piece in a series that began with 2006’s I’ll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey and continued with 2010’s Reverse Thread . On the former, the violinist reimagined...

Bring It Back Catherine Russell

03/25/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Catherine Russell
Bring It Back
Jazz Village

Many children of musicians follow in their parents’ footsteps, but few as closely as Catherine Russell. Since the start of her recording career, now spanning five albums, Russell has focused almost exclusively on the musical era of her father, bandleader...

Either Way: From Marilyn to Ella Anne Ducros

03/24/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Anne Ducros
Either Way: From Marilyn to Ella

French chanteuse Anne Ducros is clearly enamored of Ella Fitzgerald. Four years ago, Ducros partnered with the Coupe de Vents Wind Orchestra to serve up an album-length salute to the First Lady of Song. In its wake comes this split-bill tribute, with Ella...

Icons and Influences George Cables

03/23/14    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

George Cables
Icons and Influences
HighNote Records

Icons and Influences ’ title makes clear what takes place within: George Cables honoring those who shaped him. Some, of course, were fellow pianists: “Cedar Walton” is the name of the leadoff track and it’s followed by “Farewell Mulgrew.” Duke Ellington...

Anthem for a New Day Helen Sung

03/22/14    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Helen Sung
Anthem for a New Day

You could put together a line item description of this album that would fit a significant percentage of current jazz releases. Band: ad hoc. Tunes: mostly originals, a few standards. Genre: new-millennium mainstream. Bases: covered (Monk, Afro-Latin, ballads...

Concert Review: Jim Cullum Jazz Band in Sarasota, Florida

03/21/14    Concerts    By Ken Franckling

Concert Review: Jim Cullum Jazz Band in Sarasota, Florida

A reunion evening with two of band’s alumni