Reviews

Out Loud Frank Lowe Quartet

12/29/14    Albums    By Michael J. West

Frank Lowe Quartet
Out Loud
Triple Point

Considering its expansive influence, the Loft-jazz movement receives scant attention among archival releases. That in itself makes the appearance of the double-LP Out Loud a welcome (albeit pricey and limited) one. That it’s by Frank Lowe is all the better...

Room Nels Cline & Julian Lage

12/28/14    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Nels Cline & Julian Lage
Room
Mack Avenue Records

This meeting of the guitar minds might sound like an improbable pairing: the 58-year-old Wilco guitarist known for his punkish avant-garde flights of fancy joining forces with the 26-year-old melodicist best known for his mastery of mainstream jazz guitar...

Guitar in the Space Age! Bill Frisell

12/27/14    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Bill Frisell
Guitar in the Space Age!
OKeh

Guitar in the Space Age! marks giant steps backward and forward in time for guitarist Bill Frisell. On one hand, it’s a celebration of the improbable rise of the electric guitar—particularly the models made by Fender—during the ’50s and ’60s. But more important...

Eclectic Eric Johnson/Mike Stern

12/26/14    Albums    By Lucy Tauss

Eric Johnson/Mike Stern
Eclectic
Heads Up

With Eclectic , Mike Stern and Eric Johnson, two guitar giants famed for their prodigious, often fiery technique, deliver a duet album that exhibits such a strong musical accord you might wonder why the two hadn’t recorded an album together before. The collaboration...

The Melody Lingers On Houston Person

12/26/14    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Houston Person
The Melody Lingers On
HighNote Records

Here’s veteran reedman Houston Person rolling in the deep again, his tone resonant as ever, his primary focus the Great American Songbook and its enduring lyricism. Unmistakably in his element, relaxed and yet fully engaged, the tenor saxophonist is clearly...

Up The Stanley Clarke Band

12/25/14    Albums    By Bill Meredith

The Stanley Clarke Band
Up
Mack Avenue Records

On UP , bassist Stanley Clarke recruits collaborators from his recent past (and some not so recent) and plays both acoustic upright—his forte during the second half of his career—and the electric bass that helped make him a star. UP opens with the decidedly...

Gone, But Not Forgotten Johnathan Blake

12/24/14    Albums    By Sharonne Cohen

Johnathan Blake
Gone, But Not Forgotten
Criss Cross

Inspired by jazz luminaries who have recently departed, Johnathan Blake's second album as a leader explores material by Cedar Walton, Jim Hall, Mulgrew Miller, Paul Motian, Frank Foster, Frank Wess and Eddie Harris. The NYC-based, Philly-born drummer also...

Embrace Me Antonia Bennett

12/24/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Antonia Bennett
Embrace Me
Perseverance

Physically, flare-haired Antonia Bennett, the third of Tony’s four children, bears a striking resemblance to her iconic dad. There are notable similarities musically as well. Antonia, a Berklee grad who recently celebrated her 40th birthday and is now three...

Theater Review: Café Society Swing

12/23/14    Concerts    By Jeff Tamarkin

Theater Review: Café Society Swing

Historical music diluted by a history lesson

Pharoah & the Underground: Spiral Mercury Chicago/Sao Paulo Underground Featuring Pharoah Sanders

12/23/14    Albums    By David Whiteis

Chicago/Sao Paulo Underground Featuring Pharoah Sanders
Pharoah & the Underground: Spiral Mercury
Clean Feed

Unlike many of his contemporaries, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders has never hesitated to embrace new technological trends, nor has he seemed to worry much about high art/low art distinctions. So it shouldn’t be surprising that this set, recorded live at the...