Reviews

The Last Transmission The Heliocentrics & Melvin Van Peebles

05/01/15    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

The Heliocentrics & Melvin Van Peebles
The Last Transmission
Now-Again

The Last Transmission is a trippy, space-age, world-fusion-acid-jazz groove for the 22nd century. The Heliocentrics—a U.K. collective that throws every kind of music into a pot and raises it to a boil—have teamed with octogenarian African-American filmmaker...

Made in Brazil Eliane Elias

04/30/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Eliane Elias
Made in Brazil
Concord Jazz

Across a recording career now entering its third decade, Eliane Elias has often strayed from her Brazilian roots, but never terribly far. Still, it’s been a while since the sensuous vocalist and pianist has released an album quite as musically patriotic...

Sco-Mule Gov't Mule Featuring John Scofield

04/29/15    Albums    By Evan Haga

Gov't Mule Featuring John Scofield
Sco-Mule
Evil Teen

In 1999, guitarist John Scofield was beginning to enjoy a younger and larger audience—the spoils of the prior year’s A Go Go , his first album with Medeski Martin and Wood. Not long before 2000, he expanded his jam-band résumé by guesting on two Georgia...

Modern Flows EP Vol. 1 Marquis Hill

04/27/15    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Marquis Hill
Modern Flows EP Vol. 1
Skiptone

Chicago-raised trumpeter Marquis Hill, winner of last year’s Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, displays his compositional prowess along with his chops on his fourth recording as a leader, Modern Flows EP Vol. 1 . Its 10 original compositions...

Review: Jazz & Colors--The Full Spectrum Edition

04/25/15    Concerts    By Jeff Tamarkin

Review: Jazz & Colors--The Full Spectrum Edition

"A very cool concept" returns to the Met

New Orleans Jazzfest Begins

04/25/15    Concerts    By Evan Haga

New Orleans Jazzfest Begins

Kidd Jordan, Nicholas Payton and more

Orphic Machine Ben Goldberg

04/25/15    Albums    By Michael J. West

Ben Goldberg
Orphic Machine
Royal Potato Family/BAG

With its childlike melody, twinkling vibraphone and repeated lyrics, the opening section of “Reading,” which begins Orphic Machine , clarinetist-composer Ben Goldberg’s album of nonet settings for the poetry of Allen Grossman, is annoyingly precious. That...

Afro Blue Harold Mabern

04/23/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Harold Mabern
Afro Blue
Smoke Sessions

Though elder statesman Harold Mabern’s blocky, aggressive piano style may seem better suited to the small army of horn players he’s worked with—from Miles, Ornette and Freddie Hubbard to George Coleman and Eric Alexander—it’s worth remembering that Mabern’s...

Live at Monterey Jazz Festival Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints

04/21/15    Albums    By Michael J. West

Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints
Live at Monterey Jazz Festival
Blue Note Records

Sound Prints’ co-leaders, saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas, both solo on the band’s debut album, Live at Monterey Jazz Festival . But the real meat of the recording, and of the band, is their interplay: harmony, counterpoint, call-and-response...

Review: The Savannah Music Festival 2015

04/20/15    Concerts    By Perry Tannenbaum

Review: The Savannah Music Festival 2015

Horns meet mallets for a new kind of showdown