Reviews

Nattjazz and Nutshell in Norway

06/09/16    Concerts    By Jeff Tamarkin

Nattjazz and Nutshell in Norway

Where jazz means “no boundaries”

The Pauper & the Magician Ari Hoenig

06/04/16    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Ari Hoenig
The Pauper & the Magician
AH-HA

A magician “with darkness in his heart,” who plays cruel tricks on a pauper, sounds less like a scenario for a children’s story than a source for their nightmares. Yet that’s how drummer Ari Hoenig’s thematic album began life, as a tale he told to his young...

The Judy Garland Project Hilary Kole

06/03/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Hilary Kole
The Judy Garland Project
JVC Disc America

Though her career touched four decades, Judy Garland released surprisingly few albums. None, save 1961’s landmark Judy at Carnegie Hall , were major successes; her recordings generated nowhere near the sales or acclaim of LPs by such contemporaries as Sinatra...

harmonicus rex Hendrik Meurkens

06/02/16    Albums    By Philip Booth

Hendrik Meurkens
harmonicus rex
Height Advantage

Hendrik Meurkens has long doubled successfully on vibraphone and the chromatic harmonica. Now, more than 25 years into his recording career as a leader, he stands as arguably the most fluid and fluent jazz harmonica player this side of the great Toots Thielemans...

#Jiveculture Jeremy Pelt

06/01/16    Albums    By David Whiteis

Jeremy Pelt
#Jiveculture
HighNote Records

David Whiteis reviews new album from trumpeter

Mette Henriette Mette Henriette

06/01/16    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Mette Henriette
Mette Henriette
ECM Records

Mette Henriette’s saxophone playing on her eponymous debut is the most gentle imaginable—elegant, classically inspired and usually whisper-soft. Her mini-compositions traverse the range of human emotions. There is a Lars von Trier movie waiting to be set...

Halfway There M'Balia

05/31/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

M'Balia
Halfway There
Gas & Tolls

If you number among the myriad vocal jazz fans bowled over by Cécile McLorin Salvant, prepare to be wowed anew, and in much the same way. Philadelphia’s M’Balia Singley has been singing since childhood, but postponed the launch of her professional career...

Boss Level Arturo O'Farrill Sextet

05/30/16    Albums    By David Whiteis

Arturo O'Farrill Sextet
Boss Level
Zoho

A free-flowing sense of adventure permeates this album, recorded a few days after the sextet concluded a stint at Birdland. It’s obvious that the musicians—including pianist Arturo O’Farrill and his sons Adam (trumpet) and Zack (drums), along with tenor...

Man Made Object GoGo Penguin

05/29/16    Albums    By Evan Haga

GoGo Penguin
Man Made Object
Blue Note Records

As the JT reader will hear it, the British piano trio GoGo Penguin descends from acoustic jazz groups with pop tendencies—think the Bad Plus, e.s.t., certain ECM discs from the past couple decades, even the Brad Mehldau Trio in rock-interpreter mode. But...

United Dena DeRose

05/28/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Dena DeRose
United
HighNote Records

Pianist-vocalist Dena DeRose and drummer Matt Wilson have been making beautiful music together for more than a decade and a half, nearly the entirety of her recording career. Their sublime rapport was, some nine years ago, expanded and intensified with the...