Reviews

The Jazz Composer's Orchestra Update Michael Mantler

03/25/15    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Michael Mantler
The Jazz Composer's Orchestra Update
ECM Records

Michael Mantler organized the original The Jazz Composer’s Orchestra album in 1968, as a manifestation of his and then-wife Carla Bley’s activities in the new jazz scene in New York. The music, all penned by Mantler, featured dense, long-toned backdrops...

Circuit Rider Ron Miles

03/24/15    Albums    By Britt Robson

Ron Miles
Circuit Rider
Enja Yellowbird

Guitarist Bill Frisell is the foremost, if not founding, practitioner of Americana jazz. But the ambiance conjured by that subgenre is never more beguiling than when Frisell sidles into projects led by his longtime friend and cohort, cornetist-trumpeter...

All the Cats Join In Connie Evingson and the John Jorgenson Quintet

03/23/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Connie Evingson and the John Jorgenson Quintet
All the Cats Join In
Minnehaha Music

Throughout Connie Evingson’s recording career, spanning two decades and nine previous albums, she has tonally and stylistically maintained an uncanny similarity to Chris Connor. Now, suddenly, Evingson’s sound has grown plumper, richer and warmer. Such enticing...

Brazilian Nights Kenny G

03/22/15    Albums    By Lucy Tauss

Kenny G
Brazilian Nights
Concord Records

In the liner notes to Brazilian Nights , Kenny G declares, “I’ve been in love with bossa nova my whole life.” Whether that’s actually true or just a marketing line, the smooth-jazz saxophonist demonstrates a genuine affinity for Brazilian music on this album...

Tales, Musings and Other Reveries Jeremy Pelt

03/21/15    Albums    By David Whiteis

Jeremy Pelt
Tales, Musings and Other Reveries
HighNote Records

The Miles Davis influence is immediately evident in Jeremy Pelt’s timbre, phrasing, linear structures—even his tonguing technique. Like Miles, he builds tension with tightly wound note clusters, then releases it by breaking into piercing ascents or extended...

Dedication Justin Kauflin

03/20/15    Albums    By Allen Morrison

Justin Kauflin
Dedication
Qwest/Jazz Village

Expectations for Justin Kauflin’s second album, produced by Quincy Jones, have been high following the success of Keep on Keepin’ On , the award-winning documentary about the young pianist’s close friendship with nonagenarian trumpet legend and jazz educator...

Field Notes: Charles Lloyd at the Village Vanguard

03/19/15    Concerts    By Shaun Brady

Field Notes: Charles Lloyd at the Village Vanguard

A cause for celebration as the iconic venue turns 80

Imaginary Cities Chris Potter Underground Orchestra

03/19/15    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Chris Potter Underground Orchestra
Imaginary Cities
ECM Records

Some of Chris Potter’s best recordings are by the group he calls Underground, with Craig Taborn on Fender Rhodes, Adam Rogers on guitar and Nate Smith on drums. His new album introduces an expanded version of the Underground quartet. It adds Steve Nelson...

Timeless Alicia Olatuja

03/18/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Alicia Olatuja
Timeless
World Tune

If you happened to number among the million-strong crowd that filled the National Mall for President Obama’s January 2013 inauguration, then you’re already familiar with Manhattan School-trained mezzo-soprano Alicia Olatuja, whose brief performance with...

The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy

03/17/15    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy
The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy
Deep Rhythm

The Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy, the drummer/bandleader’s 15-piece collective, is all about big : big band, big sound, the big buzz they’ve generated during their Tuesday-night residency at Yoshi’s in the Bay Area. The band’s self-titled debut recording...