Reviews

Imagine Bill O'Connell and the Latin Jazz Allstars

02/26/15    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Bill O'Connell and the Latin Jazz Allstars
Imagine
Savant

It’s curious that Bill O’Connell’s 11th album as a leader is titled after the revered John Lennon anthem covered within, because it’s atypical of most of his work. O’Connell’s stock-in-trade is bop-tempered Afro-Cuban rhythm, and few traces of such surface...

Review: Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band at the Met

02/23/15    Concerts    By Jeff Tamarkin

Review: Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band at the Met

“A Musical Tribute to Thomas Hart Benton”

We Make the Rules Jochen Rueckert

02/23/15    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Jochen Rueckert
We Make the Rules
Whirlwind

Drummer Jochen Rueckert has published three volumes of short stories entitled Read the Rueckert , which chronicle the life of a touring jazz musician, dirty hotel rooms and all. It’s earned at least one comparison to the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson...

Rob Mazurek and Black Cube SP Return the Tides: Ascension Suite and Holy Ghost

02/20/15    Albums    By David Whiteis

Return the Tides: Ascension Suite and Holy Ghost
Rob Mazurek and Black Cube SP
Cuneiform Records

Cornetist Rob Mazurek and his Black Cube SP recorded this disc in May 2013, two weeks after the death of Mazurek’s mother. The suite was conceived in her memory; the titles of the selections are taken from a poem Mazurek wrote for her shortly after her passing...

The 21st Century Trad Band Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet

02/17/15    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet
The 21st Century Trad Band
Basin Street Records

The whimsical artwork for The 21st Century Trad Band depicts vibraphonist Jason Marsalis and his musicians (pianist Austin Johnson, bassist Will Goble and drummer David Potter) as caped musical superheroes, Goble playing a rocket-powered bass, Potter using...

What Is This Thing Called? Jean-Michel Pilc

02/16/15    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Jean-Michel Pilc
What Is This Thing Called?
Sunnyside

In the vast archives of solo jazz piano recordings, this one has few precedents. Its 68 minutes contain 31 tracks, many under a minute, most under two. With one exception, all are completely improvised. The album is a challenging listening experience. By...

What I Heard Oliver Lake Organ Quartet

02/15/15    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Oliver Lake Organ Quartet
What I Heard
Passin' Thru

There’s no doubt that Oliver Lake’s alto saxophone could tear up a blues with the help of some greasy B3 pedals and drawbars. His work with the World Saxophone Quartet regularly takes tradition and breathes new life into it, and his recent big band does...

Everybody Says Don't Mark Jennett

02/13/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Mark Jennett
Everybody Says Don't
Jazzizit Records

There are great jazz singers. There are great cabaret singers. Then there’s the coterie of uniquely gifted stylists who straddle the border comfortably, seamlessly blending keen jazz instincts with the storytelling élan that fuels cabaret. Ann Hampton Callaway...

Live in Concert Manu Katche

02/11/15    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Manu Katche
Live in Concert
ACT Music + Vision

Manu Katché has left ECM after four records, and his new album, Live in Concert , showcases a slightly more aggressive side of the drummer, who is a Frenchman with African roots. The disc, recorded at the New Morning jazz club in Paris, contains nine songs...

Concert Review: Pat Martino in Florida

02/10/15    Concerts    By Ken Franckling

Concert Review: Pat Martino in Florida

“A great artist who lifts the bandstand with his genius”