The Royal Bopsters Project London, Meader, Pramuk & Ross

10/31/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

London, Meader, Pramuk & Ross
The Royal Bopsters Project

Five years in gestation, this boplicious project serves as both the introduction to a terrific new vocal foursome and as a living tribute to five of jazz singing’s foremost pioneers. The idea was ignited in 2010 when Amy London and Holli Ross paid a visit...

Lowdown: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various Artists

10/30/15    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Various Artists
Lowdown: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Light in the Attic

When you consider how difficult it is to get any film produced and into distribution these days—let alone one about a jazz musician—it’s quite something that Low Down made it to the finish line. Joe Albany is hardly a household name, and his story isn’t...

The Evolution of Oneself Orrin Evans

10/29/15    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Orrin Evans
The Evolution of Oneself
Smoke Sessions

Some jazz pairings seem all but inevitable until they prove stubbornly elusive. So it’s great to see two of Philly’s best, pianist Orrin Evans and bassist Christian McBride, finally collaborate on a CD—and an audacious one at that, featuring drummer Karriem...

Wild Dance Enrico Rava Quartet with Gianluca Petrella

10/28/15    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Enrico Rava Quartet with Gianluca Petrella
Wild Dance
ECM Records

At 75, trumpeter Enrico Rava, Italy’s most famous jazz musician, has a new band. Over the years, Rava ensembles have introduced young Italian musicians who have gone on to important careers, like trombonist Gianluca Petrella and pianists Stefano Bollani...

Microgroove: Forays Into Other Music John Corbett

10/28/15    Books    By Matt R. Lohr

John Corbett
Microgroove: Forays Into Other Music

John Corbett’s Microgroove: Forays Into Other Music is a sprawling meander through the multi-tiered world of “alternative” musics, encompassing jazz, rock, blues, avant-classical and literary and visual art forms whose materials and methods comment on aspects...

Midnight McCartney John Pizzarelli

10/27/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

John Pizzarelli
Midnight McCartney
Concord Records

The same week that the Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love” hit No. 1 in Billboard in April 1964, Ella Fitzgerald recorded her version. Lennon and McCartney compositions have remained a vital part of the vocal-jazz repertoire ever since. But you’d be hard pressed...

Crisis Amir ElSaffar

10/26/15    Albums    By Bill Beuttler

Amir ElSaffar
Pi Recordings

The music on Crisis , the third album from the conceptually driven, multitalented Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir ElSaffar and his Two Rivers Ensemble, was commissioned for and debuted at the Newport Jazz Festival two summers ago. Its viscerally haunting mix...

Sophisticated Abbey: Live at the Keystone Korner Abbey Lincoln

10/25/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Abbey Lincoln
Sophisticated Abbey: Live at the Keystone Korner
HighNote Records

Anyone who knows Abbey Lincoln’s history is aware of the sizable recording gap—a barren stretch from 1962 to 1972 followed by close to two decades of very sporadic live and studio sessions—that preceded her vibrant comeback in the early ’90s. Any unearthed...

Charm John Ellis & Double Wide

10/24/15    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

John Ellis & Double Wide
Parade Light

If you’re curious what marvels await you on John Ellis & Double-Wide’s Charm , consider the title, along with the fact that this is the quintet’s third album. Tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Ellis’ latest is a heady stew of unparalleled musicianship and melodic...

Days of Freeman James Brandon Lewis

10/24/15    Albums    By David Whiteis

James Brandon Lewis
Days of Freeman

Tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, along with bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and drummer Rudy Royston, delivers a taut, street-smart set, rooted firmly in hip-hop ancestry yet crafted to honor the tenets of inspired jazz improvisation. References to venerated...