Reviews

Across the Bridge Tom Collier

07/10/16    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Tom Collier
Across the Bridge
Origin Records

Tom Collier’s new album, Across the Bridge , is an exhilarating collection of modern jazz-rock originals inspired by his childhood “on the other side of the West Seattle Bridge.” Collier, who has taught percussion studies at the University of Washington...

3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 Anthony Braxton

07/09/16    Albums    By Michael J. West

Anthony Braxton
3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011
Firehouse 12 Records

Taken together, Anthony Braxton’s three new box sets comprise 14 discs and as many hours of music, each set using a different ensemble and taking a different musical approach. But any one of the releases is by itself overwhelming. The shortest, 3 Compositions...

Continuum Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile

07/08/16    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile
Continuum
ECM Records

Swiss pianist Nik Bärtsch’s music has always been about grooves carved out of minimalism, and he favors collectivism over individual freedom. No one solos, ever. Rarely has an artist been able to do so much with so little. After three studio albums and one...

Luminosity Florian Hoefner Group

07/07/16    Albums    By Michael J. West

Florian Hoefner Group
Luminosity
Origin Records

“Typical” and “generic” aren’t synonyms. Pianist Florian Hoefner works to create music that “doesn’t sound like generic jazz.” To be sure, Luminosity , Hoefner’s third album with his quartet, is not generic, with its oblong structures and meters that require...

Landscapes Joe Chambers

07/06/16    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Joe Chambers
Landscapes
Savant

As a performer, Joe Chambers plays several roles on Landscapes . He stands front and center on the vibraphone, and he brings up the rear on trap kit. On “Havana” he ups the ante even further by adding bongos, marimba and congas to the mix. On the title track...

Horizon Ahead Benny Golson

07/05/16    Albums    By Evan Haga

Benny Golson
Horizon Ahead
HighNote Records

If John Coltrane came to personify a profound spiritual yearning, what has his boyhood friend Benny Golson signified? A personal brand of stately elegance, in everything from his appearance, with his dapper mustache out of classic Hollywood; to his playing...

Superconductor Seamus Blake

07/02/16    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Seamus Blake
Superconductor
5Passion

Superconductor , Seamus Blake’s eighth album as a leader, finds the saxophonist-composer serving diverse dictates from his considerable muse. The album intermingles three orchestral tunes, featuring rich eight-piece arrangements by Guillermo Klein and conductor...

Imagine That Daniel Freedman

07/01/16    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Daniel Freedman
Imagine That
Anzic

If Imagine That often feels like truly international music, just peruse its personnel: Drummer/leader Daniel Freedman and keyboardist Jason Lindner are New Yorkers, but they are joined by Africans (guitarist Lionel Loueke and guest vocalist Angélique Kidjo...

Full Circle Brian Bromberg

06/30/16    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Brian Bromberg
Full Circle
Mack Avenue Records

How’s this for a back story: After suffering a career-halting spine injury, bassist Brian Bromberg has released Full Circle , his first CD in four years and the only one to feature him collaborating, via some cleverly reconfigured and refurbished acetates...

Live at Maxwell's Duane Eubanks & DE3

06/29/16    Albums    By Michael J. West

Duane Eubanks & DE3
Live at Maxwell's
Sunnyside

Duane Eubanks’ trumpet style is hard to pin down. While his tone is instantly recognizable, with a unique balance of brightness and restraint that nods to Clifford Brown, his application of it varies. Indeed, on the fine Live at Maxwell’s , a trio record...