Tudo Bebel Gilberto

12/05/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Bebel Gilberto
Sony Masterworks/Portrait

Though her lineage is Brazilian jazz royalty, Bebel Gilberto has long seemed more Miami than Rio, favoring electronica-tinged, get-the-party-started dance tracks. Perhaps, though, as the remarkably youthful Gilberto nears 50, she’s decided it’s time to abandon...

Spark of Life Marcin Wasilewski Trio With Joakim Milder

12/04/14    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Marcin Wasilewski Trio With Joakim Milder
Spark of Life
ECM Records

Two decades on, Marcin Wasilewski’s Polish piano trio shakes things up by inviting a guest into the fold, Swedish tenor saxophonist Joakim Milder, best known for his work with shared mentor Tomasz Stanko. But perhaps “shakes things up” is overstating the...

Live at the Village Vanguard Guillermo Klein Quintet Featuring Liliana Herrero

12/04/14    Albums    By David Whiteis

Guillermo Klein Quintet Featuring Liliana Herrero
Live at the Village Vanguard

Vocalist Liliana Herrero, born in Argentina in 1948, sang in folk groups in her youth and was later arrested by the Argentinian government for her involvement with the Peronist resistance movement. Some commentators have described her iconoclastic style...

Portraits Chick Corea

12/03/14    Albums    By Colin Fleming

Chick Corea

Jelly Roll Morton had his “Finger Breaker,” and so in the same pianistic spirit this two-disc Chick Corea set might as well be subtitled “Genre Buster.” Solo piano recitals are as close as jazz gets to classical music, but Corea has an entirely new slant...

The Sun Season Dara Tucker

12/02/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Dara Tucker
The Sun Season

Dara Tucker’s voice is like warm caramel, sweet and soulful. It’s a voice that would feel right at home at Motown circa 1966 or in a touring production of Dreamgirls . Three years have passed since Tucker’s last disc, and she’s spent much of that time writing...

Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival--2013 Mack Avenue Superband

12/02/14    Albums    By Owen Cordle

Mack Avenue Superband
Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival--2013
Mack Avenue Records

Supergroups don’t always live up to the billing, but this one does. A sequel to the SuperBand’s 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival recording, this album features returnees Sean Jones (trumpet and flugelhorn), Evan Perri (guitar), Aaron Diehl (piano), Rodney Whitaker...

A Simple Truth Ernie Watts Quartet

12/01/14    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Ernie Watts Quartet
A Simple Truth
Flying Dolphin

Ernie Watts is one of the strongest tenor saxophone sidemen in jazz. He has enhanced ensembles large (Gerald Wilson Orchestra), small (Charlie Haden’s Quartet West) and rude (the Rolling Stones). He has also made some fine albums as a leader, like 1995’s...

Flash Forward Michael Carvin Experience

11/30/14    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Michael Carvin Experience
Flash Forward

Michael Carvin’s career as a drum instructor might overshadow his extensive work as a performer. His students have included Eric McPherson, Nasheet Waits and Allison Miller, to name just a few. At the same time, his CV includes stints with B.B. King, Pharoah...

Time & Place Claire Martin

11/30/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Claire Martin
Time & Place
Linn Records

In late 2012, Claire Martin lost both a dear friend and a superb collaborator with the passing of pianist, vocalist and composer Richard Rodney Bennett. Their Say It Isn’t So was released shortly thereafter, and the ghost of Bennett still lingers over Time...

Intimate Conversations Dee Daniels

11/29/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Dee Daniels
Intimate Conversations
Origin Records

Last year’s aptly titled State of the Art teamed Dee Daniels with an ace quartet anchored by pianist Cyrus Chestnut. For Daniels’ encore, her 10th studio album as leader, Chestnut is again onboard, but as one in a spectrum of stellar guests. As its name...