Road Scholars Live Stan Kenton Alumni Band

08/20/14    Albums    By Owen Cordle

Stan Kenton Alumni Band
Road Scholars Live

With trumpeter Mike Vax at the helm, the Stan Kenton Alumni Band is in good hands. The group’s 2013 tour, memorialized here, would not disappoint the maestro, and should please new fans as well as the aging faithful. With Kenton you expect drama, majesty...

I'll Fly Away Jeff Denson & Joshua White

08/19/14    Albums    By Ron Wynn

Jeff Denson & Joshua White
I'll Fly Away

Bassist-composer Jeff Denson has earned a stalwart reputation as a rhythm section standout during his tenure with Lee Konitz’s quartet as well as with the trio Minsarah and his own four-piece ensemble. He takes on the role of co-contributor on his latest...

So: Brazilian Essence Romero Lubambo

08/18/14    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Romero Lubambo
So: Brazilian Essence

Since his arrival in the States from Rio nearly three decades ago, Romero Lubambo has served as a sideman and session hand to the likes of Dianne Reeves, Luciana Souza and numerous others; as a leader in the studio; and as a member of Trio da Paz. But he’s...

Afro-Physicist Theo Croker

08/17/14    Albums    By David Whiteis

Theo Croker

Afro Physicist , trumpeter Theo Croker’s third album as a leader and his debut on Dee Dee Bridgewater’s DDB imprint and the Sony-owned OKeh brand, showcases him in a context that might be called “retro-progressive.” Many of its stylistic elements have a...

Dawn Magos & Limon

08/16/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Magos & Limon

She is Magos Herrera, arguably the finest contemporary jazz singer to emerge from Mexico, a heady blend of Cassandra Wilson and Diana Krall. He is Javier Limón, not only a sublime flamenco guitarist but also an acclaimed composer and producer, known for...

Right On Time Harold Mabern

08/15/14    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Harold Mabern
Right On Time
Smoke Sessions

Smoke, one of New York City’s most intimate hardcore jazz clubs, is the latest venue to branch out into the album industry. The organization hasn’t wasted time either, dropping Smoke Sessions’ first six discs before 2014 reaches its mid-point. All were recorded...

Review: France’s Nice Jazz Festival

08/14/14    Concerts    By Ashley Kahn

Review: France’s Nice Jazz Festival

Intimacy, connection and a relaxed energy

Last Dance Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden

08/14/14    Albums    By Philip Booth

Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden
Last Dance
ECM Records

[ Editor's note: This review was written and published in JazzTimes shortly before Charlie Haden's death. We've left it intact. ] So maybe this project should officially be known as the Standards Duo. Four years after old friends and onetime musical collaborators...

Review: San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, Aug. 8-10, 2014

08/13/14    Concerts    By Andrew Gilbert

Review: San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, Aug. 8-10, 2014

At 25, a major player player on the West Coast festival scene

Imaginarium Clarice Assad

08/13/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Clarice Assad

Scion of one of Brazil’s great musical dynasties, vocalist, arranger, composer and pianist Clarice Assad draws upon her entire classical-jazz-pop heritage on the 11 originals—10 sung in Portuguese, one in English—that fill Imaginarium . A richly collaborative...