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Back Home Melissa Aldana

04/02/16    Albums    By Britt Robson

Melissa Aldana
Back Home
WOMMUSIC

Melissa Aldana is going to be an influential tenor saxophonist in jazz for decades to come. At 24 she won the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and followed it up with Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio a year later. Raised in a musical family...

"Miles Ahead" Reviewed: Miles Misguided

04/01/16    Movies    By Shaun Brady

"Miles Ahead" Reviewed: Miles Misguided

A bizarre action-movie narrative derails Don Cheadle’s long-anticipated jazz flick

The Bell Ches Smith

03/30/16    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Ches Smith
The Bell
ECM Records

Perhaps the principal difference between the jazz audience and followers of popular music is that the latter crave the reassurance of the familiar and the former are junkies for the new. Even for the most esoteric jazz listeners, The Bell will meet the need...

The First Quartet John Abercrombie

03/28/16    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

John Abercrombie
The First Quartet
ECM Records

With the release of The First Quartet , John Abercrombie’s entire ECM catalog is finally on CD. This box set collects Arcade, Abercrombie Quartet and M , the three albums the guitarist recorded with pianist Richie Beirach, bassist George Mraz and drummer...

Live at Fat Tuesday's Art Pepper

03/27/16    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Art Pepper
Live at Fat Tuesday's
Elemental

The newly discovered recording that constitutes Live at Fat Tuesday’s is exhilarating, if imperfect soundwise. Nowhere in the 40 pages of liner notes is the source of the tape disclosed, but the quality of the audio suggests it was a fan recording. (“Collector’s...

The New Chet Baker Biopic: Fact, Fiction & Poetic Truth

03/25/16    Movies    By Evan Haga

The New Chet Baker Biopic: Fact, Fiction & Poetic Truth

Spirit and story top biography in Robert Budreau’s inventive "Born to Be Blue"

The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings (1944-1948) Charlie Parker

03/25/16    Albums    By Michael J. West

Charlie Parker
The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings (1944-1948)
Savoy

Anyone without at least a casual knowledge of Charlie Parker’s Savoy and Dial recordings is probably not reading JazzTimes . They are the jazz equivalent of the New Testament, the founding texts of post-World War II jazz and the basis for everything—from...

Gayle Force Buell Neidlinger

03/23/16    Albums    By Mac Randall

Buell Neidlinger
Gayle Force
K2B2 Records

Cut in drummer John Bergamo’s Buffalo, N.Y., living room just over half a century ago, these five tracks—four of them entirely improvised—are of tremendous historical interest. Although bassist Buell Neidlinger is the nominal leader and the man running the...

Dark Blue Jim Rotondi

03/22/16    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Jim Rotondi
Dark Blue
Smoke Sessions

Trumpeter/flugelhornist Jim Rotondi’s Dark Blue boasts an urbane, broad-shouldered sound that is fast becoming the hallmark of the Smoke Sessions label. Throughout these 10 tracks, Rotondi and his bandmates (vibraphonist Joe Locke, pianist David Hazeltine...

Proximity Enrico Pieranunzi

03/22/16    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Enrico Pieranunzi
Proximity
CAM Jazz

Like the other great piano players of our time, Enrico Pieranunzi mostly performs and records in trio and solo formats. Tales From the Unexpected comes from a concert in Gütersloh, Germany, in 2015, and is a valuable addition to his large, rich trio discography...