Reviews

SFJAZZ Gala 2015: Honoring Joni Mitchell

05/11/15    Concerts    By Andrew Gilbert

SFJAZZ Gala 2015: Honoring Joni Mitchell

Songs strong enough to thrive in any context

Lonely City Allegra Levy

05/11/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Allegra Levy
Lonely City
SteepleChase

Discovering a fresh, dynamic jazz voice is always a delight. When the singer proves an equally gifted songwriter, the pleasure is squared. Allegra Levy is one such double-barreled talent. The recent New England Conservatory grad, a crystalline alto with...

Encore Eberhard Weber

05/10/15    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Eberhard Weber
Encore
ECM Records

Encore carries forward the concept that Eberhard Weber brought to his 2012 Résumé release. At that time, unable to play bass anymore due to a stroke suffered in 2007, the German musician extracted a dozen solos he’d created while working in Jan Garbarek’s...

Review: Durham, North Carolina's Art of Cool Fest

05/09/15    Concerts    By John Murph

Review: Durham, North Carolina's Art of Cool Fest

Robert Glasper, Kenny Garrett, Roy Ayers and more highlight sophomore year

The Origin of Adjustable Things Joanna Wallfisch with Dan Tepfer

05/09/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Joanna Wallfisch with Dan Tepfer
The Origin of Adjustable Things
Sunnyside

She’s a British vocalist with a rich musical pedigree: a cellist mother, a violinist father, a brother who’s an opera singer, another a film composer and her still-vibrant 88-year-old grandmother, who survived the Nazi death camps as a member of the Women’s...

NYC Sessions Dave Bass

05/08/15    Albums    By Philip Booth

Dave Bass
NYC Sessions
Whaling City Sound

Gone , pianist Dave Bass’ first recording as a leader following a two-decade absence from the music profession, was one of jazz’s success stories of 2010, earning critical acclaim and extensive airplay. For the follow-up, NYC Sessions , Bass goes East Coast...

Epicenter Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth

05/07/15    Albums    By Britt Robson

Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth
Epicenter
Clean Feed

Epicenter is Chris Lightcap’s tribute to his adopted home of New York City, as seven of its eight songs are taken from his Lost and Found in New York , the result of a commission from Chamber Music America. The album begins with an homage to Lightcap’s former...

Review: The New York Hot Jazz Festival

05/06/15    Concerts    By Allen Morrison

Review: The New York Hot Jazz Festival

All-star hot-jazz and swing fun at a historic NYC venue

My Ideal Glenn Zaleski

05/06/15    Albums    By Philip Booth

Glenn Zaleski
My Ideal
Sunnyside

Glenn Zaleski points to Bill Evans’ work as a model for his own approach to trio playing, and that influence is deeply felt throughout My Ideal , the Massachusetts-bred pianist’s appealing debut as a leader. Zaleski, who studied at the Brubeck Institute...

Medicine Buddha Billy Bang/William Parker

05/05/15    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Billy Bang/William Parker
Medicine Buddha
NoBusiness

In 2009, two years before Billy Bang lost his battle with lung cancer, the violinist teamed up with bassist William Parker for a performance at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. To hear Parker tell it in this album’s liner notes, the duo’s longstanding...