Fountain of Youth The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman

09/17/14    Albums    By Lucy Tauss

The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman
Fountain of Youth

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

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

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...

Corduroy The David Ullmann 8

09/13/14    Albums    By Shaun Brady

The David Ullmann 8
Little Sky

Too often, when a jazz composer draws upon a specific conceptual inspiration, the link between that source and the music itself seems tenuous at best, impossible to determine without the aid of copious liner notes. But slipping David Ullmann’s Corduroy into...

Romantica Caterina Zapponi

09/12/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Caterina Zapponi

Though Caterina Zapponi was born in Rome and raised among Italy’s artistic cognoscenti (her mother is a singer of French origin, her screenwriter father crafted both Roma and Satyricon with Federico Fellini), it was a viewing of the Cole Porter musical High...

Lip Service Richard Elliot

09/11/14    Albums    By Lucy Tauss

Richard Elliot
Lip Service
Heads Up

Marking his 30th anniversary as a solo recording artist this year, saxophonist Richard Elliot delivers Lip Service , an amiable but predictable set filled with the kind of R&B-informed contemporary jazz that has made the former Tower of Power member a mainstay...

ART: Why I Stuck With a Junkie Jazzman Laurie Pepper

09/11/14    Books    By Matt R. Lohr

Laurie Pepper
ART: Why I Stuck With a Junkie Jazzman

Art Pepper’s Straight Life is one of the seminal jazz autobiographies, essential for its portrait of the postwar West Coast scene and its pitiless portrayal of the addict’s lifestyle. The book was a collaboration between Art and his wife, Laurie, who shaped...

The Seeker Azar Lawrence

09/10/14    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Azar Lawrence
The Seeker

Jazz fans of a certain age who remember McCoy Tyner’s great 1973 album Enlightenment may have wondered what became of Azar Lawrence. He dropped off jazz radar for most of three decades, but he is back. The Seeker is his fifth record since 2007. He also plays...

Live at the Keystone Korner: Reliving the Moment Cedar Walton Featuring Freddie Hubbard

09/09/14    Albums    By David Whiteis

Cedar Walton Featuring Freddie Hubbard
Live at the Keystone Korner: Reliving the Moment
HighNote Records

The “moment” in question occurred in late 1977; the event was the Rahsaan Roland Kirk Memorial Jazz Festival at San Francisco’s Keystone Korner. The Cedar Walton Quartet, co-headlining with Leon Thomas and Bobby Hutcherson, were joined by Walton’s old Jazz...