Reviews

True Stories The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman

09/09/16    Albums    By Lucy Tauss

The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman
True Stories
Peak/eOne

The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman mark their 30th anniversary this year with True Stories , an album that demonstrates how to update a band’s sound without losing what made it popular in the first place. The Rippingtons started as a supergroup led by...

2016 Chicago Jazz Festival

09/08/16    Concerts    By Aidan Levy

2016 Chicago Jazz Festival

Festival concluded with 95th birthday celebration for Candido

Forty Fabrizio Sotti Trio

09/08/16    Albums    By Philip Booth

Fabrizio Sotti Trio
Forty
Incipit

A kind of loose-but-tight intensity defines the performances on Forty , an appealingly varied program played by New York guitarist Fabrizio Sotti’s trio with Bulgarian-born bassist Peter Slavov and drummer Francisco Mela, from Cuba. Probably best known as...

The Boston Creative Jazz Scene 1970-1983 Various Artists

09/07/16    Albums    By Mac Randall

Various Artists
The Boston Creative Jazz Scene 1970-1983
Cultures of Soul

You can accuse Boston, Mass., of a great deal—provincialism, racism, poor road design, an unhealthy fixation on its major-league baseball team—but one thing you can never say is that it has a dearth of great musicians. Some grow up there; others are drawn...

Andando El Tiempo Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow

09/06/16    Albums    By Mac Randall

Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow
Andando El Tiempo
ECM Records

Tough as it is to believe Carla Bley is now 80 years old, it’s not hard at all to hear that her questing spirit is undiminished on this album of new work. With saxophonist Andy Sheppard and bassist Steve Swallow—her go-to musical partners of 20 years—by...

Classic! Live at Newport Joe Lovano Quartet

09/05/16    Albums    By Mac Randall

Joe Lovano Quartet
Classic! Live at Newport
Blue Note Records

So far this year, the great Hank Jones has been an important part of two outstanding archival releases: All My Yesterdays , which captured two 1966 Village Vanguard sets by the big band that Jones’ brother Thad co-led with Mel Lewis, and this quartet date...

Soul Eyes Kandace Springs

09/04/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Kandace Springs
Soul Eyes
Blue Note Records

Fair or not, there’s an expectation with a label as venerable as Blue Note that any new signing will be a cut above. This is especially true for vocalists. Historically, Blue Note’s roster of singers has remained consistently first-string—Sheila Jordan...

John Allmark Jazz Orchestra at the Met Cafe

09/03/16    Concerts    By Ken Franckling

John Allmark Jazz Orchestra at the Met Cafe

The Rhode Island big-band tradition thrives in its new home

Do Right Sari Kessler

09/03/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Sari Kessler
Do Right
Ruby Street

Describing vocalist Sari Kessler’s debut album as “simply beautiful” is a literal evaluation. Unlike too many eager-to-dazzle neophytes, Kessler maintains a welcome less-is-more approach that emphasizes the purity of her tone, with its enticing hint of duskiness...

Field Notes: Moran, Holland & DeJohnette in NYC

09/03/16    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Field Notes: Moran, Holland & DeJohnette in NYC

The Charlie Parker fest closes with a smart, powerful all-star set