Reviews

We Won't Forget You...An Homage to Shirley Horn Dena DeRose

09/26/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Dena DeRose
We Won't Forget You...An Homage to Shirley Horn
HighNote Records

It’s hard to imagine a better choice than Dena DeRose to honor Shirley Horn. The hushed grandeur and understated elegance that were Horn’s trademarks are just as present in DeRose’s playing and singing. Johnny Mandel once remarked that Horn had two heads...

I Love Music Mike LeDonne

09/24/14    Albums    By Owen Cordle

Mike LeDonne
I Love Music
Savant

Mike LeDonne’s Groover Quartet has a talent for finding the jazz groove in pop tunes as well as for striking up a righteous groove on jazz tunes. Together 14 years, the band resembles the classic, soulful Blue Note organ combos of yore with a more recent...

Lenny Pickett With UMO Jazz Orchestra The Prescription

09/22/14    Albums    By Michael J. West

The Prescription
Lenny Pickett With UMO Jazz Orchestra
Random Act Records

Lenny Pickett puts a number of pleasing moments into The Prescription , his first solo record in almost 30 years. It’s the way he assembles them that’s not so pleasing. Pickett, best known as the featured saxophonist and musical director for the Saturday...

Ooh, What an Outfit! Chubby Jackson

09/20/14    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Chubby Jackson
Ooh, What an Outfit!
Uptown

If a film made during the mid-1950s featured a scene in jazz club, it always included one particular stock character: the guy who was juiced out of his mind, throwing his head back and yelling things like “Go, man, go!” toward the stage. Chubby Jackson didn’t...

It's a Good Day Cyrille Aimee

09/18/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Cyrille Aimee
It's a Good Day
Mack Avenue Records

It’s impossible to not be charmed by French moppet Cyrille Aimée and her infectious joie de vivre. Her footloose curiosity has resulted in a slew of indie and self-produced recordings, many hard to find. It’s a Good Day , brimming with Aimée’s ebullience...

Fountain of Youth The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman

09/17/14    Albums    By Lucy Tauss

The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman
Fountain of Youth
Peak/eOne

The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman take the listener on a kaleidoscopic excursion on Fountain of Youth , the popular contemporary jazz outfit’s 20th album. Leader and guitarist Freeman is working with a varied sonic palette here, drawing on influences...

El Valle de la Infancia Dino Saluzzi Group

09/16/14    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Dino Saluzzi Group
El Valle de la Infancia
ECM Records

On the occasions when Dino Saluzzi convenes his family group, as he did previously for 1992’s Mojotoro and 2006’s Juan Condori , the Argentinean bandoneon master, now 79, turns reflective. El Valle de la Infancia (translation: Valley Children) is placid...

Caribbean TInge Elio Villafranca and the Jass Syncopators

09/15/14    Albums    By Shaun Brady

Elio Villafranca and the Jass Syncopators
Caribbean TInge
Motema

Born in Cuba and classically trained, pianist Elio Villafranca has long offered a unique take on Latin jazz, foregoing the reliance on percussion pyrotechnics for a more fully integrated blend of his varied interests. That’s not to say that he can’t bring...

Rush Tom Guarna

09/14/14    Albums    By Sharonne Cohen

Tom Guarna
Rush

The title of New York guitarist-composer Tom Guarna’s sixth recording alludes to the rush of creativity and excitement that provides the impetus for these eight new compositions. Ranging from fiery to elegiac, the material is interpreted by a formidable...