Reviews

Arclight Julian Lage

04/29/16    Albums    By Mac Randall

Julian Lage
Arclight
Mack Avenue Records

A departure in two major ways, Arclight is Julian Lage’s recorded debut on electric guitar and his first album to delve deeply into non-original material. The format is a simple trio: Scott Colley on double bass, Kenny Wollesen on drums, plus occasional...

Moonshadow Dance Rebecca Kilgore

04/26/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Rebecca Kilgore
Moonshadow Dance
Cherry Pie

Like Rebecca Kilgore, Ellen Vanderslice is a pillar of the Portland jazz community. Though an architect by trade, Vanderslice is also an accomplished (and remarkably prolific) composer, occasional singer and leader of a local quartet. The Cherry Pie Music...

Otis Was a Polar Bear Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom

04/22/16    Albums    By Michael J. West

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom
Otis Was a Polar Bear
The Royal Potato Family

The cutesy title of Otis Was a Polar Bear , the third album by drummer-composer Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom sextet, is not an anomaly. Inspired by the birth of Miller’s first child, the album exudes preciousness throughout. It seems to want to capture...

Jazz Foundation of America Loft Party

04/22/16    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Jazz Foundation of America Loft Party

Highlights include Kahil El'Zabar, the Cookers, a tribute to Bowie and more

Review: The 2016 Savannah Music Festival

04/18/16    Concerts    By Perry Tannenbaum

Review: The 2016 Savannah Music Festival

Shy folk charm and dazzle in Georgia

Sing to the Sky Emma Larsson

04/18/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Emma Larsson
Sing to the Sky
Origin Records

Listening to Emma Larsson, it’s hard not to be reminded of the young Nancy Wilson. The Swedish-born, New York-based singer, now three albums into what promises to be an impressive career, mirrors Wilson’s silken delivery and her sly interpretative sass...

Review: Cecil Taylor at the Whitney Museum

04/15/16    Concerts    By Nate Chinen

Review: Cecil Taylor at the Whitney Museum

Episodic and reactive, a series of unfolding events

Our Father Who Art Blakey Valery Ponomarev Jazz Big Band

04/14/16    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Valery Ponomarev Jazz Big Band
Our Father Who Art Blakey

Valery Ponomarev was 30 when he defected from Soviet Russia for the United States in 1973. Four years later the trumpeter was a core member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, touring and contributing to several recordings before bowing out to go the solo route...

Sings Verse and Chorus Larry Carr

04/12/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Larry Carr
Sings Verse and Chorus
Essential

Though minor enough a player that he rates nary a footnote in James Gavin’s definitive Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret , Larry Carr was widely admired by Manhattan’s cognoscenti. In his memoirs, impresario George Wein credits Carr as...

Energies of Change David Gilmore

04/10/16    Albums    By Mike Shanley

David Gilmore
Energies of Change
Evolutionary

Sometimes it’s not what time signature you play in but what you can play in that time signature. From his time with M-Base musicians like Steve Coleman to more recent sessions with Rudresh Mahanthappa (as well as his own work as a leader), guitarist David...