Reviews

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...

One Child Left Behind The Ed Palermo Big Band

05/27/16    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

The Ed Palermo Big Band
One Child Left Behind
Cuneiform Records

Over the course of four previous albums, the Ed Palermo Big Band has fashioned a career out of recasting the music of Frank Zappa in large-format jazz settings—according to Palermo’s website, some 300 arrangements of Zappa compositions in all. This time...

Connection Empirical

05/26/16    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Empirical
Connection
Cuneiform Records

If Empirical’s blend of alto saxophone, vibraphone, bass and drums evokes Eric Dolphy’s Out to Lunch! , the effect isn’t completely coincidental. The group previously paid tribute to the multireedist and his classic session on its sophomore album, Out ’n’...

He Was the King Freddy Cole

05/25/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Freddy Cole
He Was the King
HighNote Records

Musically speaking, Freddy Cole has long maintained a rather schizophrenic relationship with his big brother. Freddy was only 33 when Nat died in 1965. Just starting to secure attention as a vocalist and pianist, he found himself overwhelmed by Nat’s giant...

Paquito & Manzanero Paquito D'Rivera

05/23/16    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Paquito D'Rivera
Paquito & Manzanero
Sunnyside

Paquito & Manzanero is one of those tributes/collaborations that only seems long overdue once you’re listening to it; you may never have considered these two Latin music titans a natural match, but as the album’s 10 tracks play out, it makes perfect sense...

Tocororo Alfredo Rodriguez

05/22/16    Albums    By David Whiteis

Alfredo Rodriguez
Tocororo
Mack Avenue Records

The tocororo , Cuba’s national bird, is a brightly plumed songbird that, according to legend, dies of sadness when caged. The political symbolism is obvious: Alfredo Rodriguez, a Cuban expatriate, emigrated to the U.S. in 2009; as he puts it on his website...

Traces Camila Meza

05/21/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Camila Meza
Traces
Sunnyside

Music-savvy New Yorkers have been aware of Camila Meza for a while now. Seven years have passed since the Chilean vocalist and guitarist, then just 22, migrated to the Big Apple. Three previous albums focused on American and Latin standards, plus wider forays...

Home Suite Home Patrick Williams

05/20/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Patrick Williams
Home Suite Home
BFM

It’s hardly surprising that composer-arranger-conductor Patrick Williams’ big-band work is so grandly cinematic; over his half-century in show business he has scored more than five-dozen films, most famously 1979’s Breaking Away , which earned him an Oscar...

Collectables Todd Coolman & Trifecta

05/19/16    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Todd Coolman & Trifecta
Collectables
Sunnyside

Since piano trios are almost always led by pianists, it is reasonable to ask, “What is different about a piano trio led by the bassist?” Collectables is a textbook answer. Not that Todd Coolman is an overbearing presence here. He does not give himself an...