Review: Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society's "Real Enemies"

11/19/15    Concerts    By David R. Adler

Review: Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society's "Real Enemies"

Brooklyn premiere of multimedia work inspired by conspiracy theories

Jazz and Other Four Letter Words Mark Winkler

11/19/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Mark Winkler
Jazz and Other Four Letter Words
Cafe Pacific

Last time we heard from Mark Winkler, in 2013, was with a studio version of West Coast Cool, the snappy, midcentury-styled nightclub act that he and the Manhattan Transfer’s Cheryl Bentyne toured across North America. It seems, however, that Winkler isn’t...

Hoodoo Blues Roots Magic

11/18/15    Albums    By David Whiteis

Roots Magic
Hoodoo Blues
Clean Feed

The notes tell us that “this music means to draw a line somewhere between the Blues tradition and Creative Jazz. The original tongue and the modern dialect of Black Music.” This is hardly a new conceit, of course—the AACM has been doing this for 50 years...

My Personal Songbook Ron Carter and the WDR Big Band

11/17/15    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Ron Carter and the WDR Big Band
My Personal Songbook
In & Out Records

Ron Carter has been one of the most prolific musicians in jazz for more than 50 years, working within nearly every conceivable configuration (his press bio says he’s appeared on 2,500 recordings). But, for whatever reason, the big-band format had largely...

Surrounded by Sea Andy Sheppard

11/16/15    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Andy Sheppard
Surrounded by Sea

Impressionistic yet suffused with piercing emotional clarity, veteran British saxophonist Andy Sheppard’s quartet recording Surrounded by Sea is one of the year’s most affecting albums. Guitarist Eivind Aarset, bassist Michel Benita and drummer Sebastian...

Hommage à Eberhard Weber Pat Metheny

11/15/15    Albums    By Evan Haga

Pat Metheny
Hommage à Eberhard Weber
ECM Records

During the 1980s, guitarist-composer Pat Metheny became one of the most popular jazz musicians alive by leading a band whose melodies and textures seemed tailor-made for the nighttime air of a sprawling amphitheater. In more recent years, his small-group...

Alegria de Viver Leny Andrade & Roni Ben-Hur

11/14/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Leny Andrade & Roni Ben-Hur
Alegria de Viver

Though she’s extremely under-recognized outside Latin America, veteran Brazilian vocalist Leny Andrade has achieved status and esteem there equivalent of Ella, Sarah or Billie. Known for her scorching delivery and dense, earthy sound, the Rio-born Andrade...

Cuba: The Conversation Continues Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra

11/13/15    Albums    By Bill Beuttler

Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Cuba: The Conversation Continues

Talk about timing. Pianist, composer and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill was in Havana with his orchestra this past December, preparing to record this glorious two-CD continuation of jazz’s dialogue with Cuba, when President Obama announced plans to normalize...

Review: The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

11/13/15    Concerts    By Michael J. West

Review: The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

Historically small jazz scene finds Its way, with some growing pains