Standard Deviation Ralph Bowen

08/06/14    Albums    By Owen Cordle

Ralph Bowen
Standard Deviation

With Standard Deviation , tenor saxophonist Ralph Bowen, pianist Bill O’Connell, bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Donald Edwards deliver a program of standard tunes revised in novel ways. The revamped themes, harmonies and rhythms are not only different...

The New Standard Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte

08/05/14    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte
The New Standard

On the surface, Strange Bedfellows seems like an appropriate name for this trio. Keyboardist Jamie Saft and drummer Bobby Previte, both fiercely eclectic yet technically gifted player-composers, have collaborated before, in settings as far out as the improvised...

Tangos Ruben Blades

08/04/14    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Ruben Blades

When Rubén Blades announced recently that he would no longer perform salsa music on tour after 2016, and that he planned to return to politics in his native Panama (where he served previously as Minister of Tourism), it certainly appeared to some that the...

New Throned King Yosvany Terry

08/03/14    Albums    By Sharonne Cohen

Yosvany Terry
New Throned King

Mentored and initiated into the West African Dahomeyan tradition in Matanzas, Cuba (where it is known as Arará Sabalú), saxophonist and composer Yosvany Terry set out to document a repertoire of sacred music and ceremony faithfully preserved since the 19th...

Little Secret Nikki Yanofsky

08/02/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Nikki Yanofsky
Little Secret

When vocal phenom Nikki Yanofsky released her sophomore album four years ago, she was barely old enough to drive. Suddenly, the pert Montrealer is all grown up, striking a Dusty Springfield-esque pose on the cover of Little Secrets , clearly meant to prove...

Danilo Rea at Umbria Jazz 2014

08/01/14    Concerts    By Thomas Conrad

Danilo Rea at Umbria Jazz 2014

“The melody is the king”

Self Portrait Manuel Valera

08/01/14    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Manuel Valera
Self Portrait
Mavo Records

Although he’s never strayed that far from Afro-Cuban jazz traditions in his music, neither has the Havana-born Manuel Valera restricted himself to them. For Self Portrait , his debut solo piano recording, he ventures even further afield, using the occasion...

To Celebrate 60 Years of Newport, Let’s All Be Jazz Ambassadors

07/31/14    Concerts    By John Hailer

To Celebrate 60 Years of Newport, Let’s All Be Jazz Ambassadors

“Jazz diplomacy” will help steer the music into the future

The Lagos Music Salon Somi

07/31/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

The Lagos Music Salon

Born in Illinois to parents from Uganda and Rwanda, Somi has always felt the pull of Africa. She has visited much of the continent, and in 2008 founded New Africa Live, dedicated to promoting global recognition of multidisciplinary African artists. The following...

Umbria Jazz 2014

07/30/14    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Umbria Jazz 2014

McBride, Fresu, Cafiso, Snarky Puppy and more at this premier European event