Life in Real Time Laszlo Gardony

09/12/15    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Laszlo Gardony
Life in Real Time

Life in Real Time , recorded live at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston last year, is both familiar and not. The familiarity comes from pianist Laszlo Gardony’s coaction with his regular rhythm section, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel...

Field Notes: Pat Metheny at the Detroit Jazz Festival

09/11/15    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Field Notes: Pat Metheny at the Detroit Jazz Festival

A jazz celebrity as artist-in-residence

Coltrane's A Love Supreme: Live in Amsterdam Branford Marsalis Quartet

09/11/15    Movies    By Steve Greenlee

Branford Marsalis Quartet
Coltrane's A Love Supreme: Live in Amsterdam

Branford Marsalis’ 2002 album, Footsteps of Our Fathers , which included his quartet’s recitation of John Coltrane’s four-part suite A Love Supreme , drew mostly favorable reviews, though at least one critic ( ahem ) found it stiff, emotionless and unnecessary...

Review: The 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival

09/10/15    Concerts    By Philip Booth

Review: The 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival

AACM's 50th anniversary dominates the 37th edition

Twenty-Two Luis Perdomo & Controlling Ear Unit

09/10/15    Albums    By Bill Beuttler

Luis Perdomo & Controlling Ear Unit
Hot Tone

Luis Perdomo comes to Twenty-Two in a mood for a look back. After more than a decade as a founding member of Miguel Zenón’s longstanding quartet, a concurrent lengthy run with Ravi Coltrane and a half-dozen strong releases of his own, the pianist has built...

Brotherlee Love: Celebrating Lee Morgan Terell Stafford

09/09/15    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Terell Stafford
Brotherlee Love: Celebrating Lee Morgan
Capri Records

Lee Morgan’s status as one of hard bop’s masters of the trumpet is beyond question, but his gifts as a composer have perhaps never been given their due. Fellow brass man Terell Stafford’s tribute collection, BrotherLee Love , produced by bassist John Clayton...

09/08/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Giacomo Gates
Everything is Cool

A latecomer to jazz as a vocation, Giacomo Gates cut his first album 20 years ago at age 45 and has since recorded just six more as a leader. But what he lacks in quantity he’s more than made up for in quality. A fervent acolyte of bebop, scat and vocalese...

Imaginary World Sammy Figueroa

09/07/15    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Sammy Figueroa
Imaginary World

After three albums co-billed with his band the Latin Jazz Explosion, percussionist Sammy Figueroa stands on his own for Imaginary World . But not entirely—although his name graces the top of the album cover, a bit farther down it notes “featuring Silvano...

The Power of Two Steve Slagle & Bill O'Connell

09/06/15    Albums    By Owen Cordle

Steve Slagle & Bill O'Connell
The Power of Two
Panorama Records

You’ve heard the expression about there being “strength in numbers.” In the case of Steve Slagle and Bill O’Connell’s The Power of Two , two is quite enough, which is to say that alto saxophonist and flutist Slagle and pianist O’Connell are an ensemble—and...

The Conny Plank Session Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

09/05/15    Albums    By Colin Fleming

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
The Conny Plank Session

Unreleased Ellington studio sessions have a paucity to match the plentitude of his vault live releases, so this crafty little quickie—just 29 minutes—is something of a revelation. The unlikely setup: Duke in Cologne in 1970 to record for synth-maven engineer...