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...

Live in Marciac: August 5, 2014 Ahmad Jamal

10/23/15    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Ahmad Jamal
Live in Marciac: August 5, 2014
Jazz Village

Recorded at Jazz in Marciac, one of the music’s signal European venues, pianist-composer Ahmad Jamal’s latest live offering, a CD/DVD package, is an effervescent feast. Jamal may be 85, but this set’s energy and creative range suggest that his ability to...

An Evening With Joe Albany 2 Joe Albany

10/22/15    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Joe Albany
An Evening With Joe Albany 2

It has been a good year for jazz films: Whiplash. Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story. Low Down , a gritty biopic about Joe Albany. The best way to experience Low Down and An Evening With Joe Albany 2 is back-to-back. The film contains Albany’s original...

Field Notes: BRIC JazzFest Marathon

10/21/15    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Field Notes: BRIC JazzFest Marathon

Kamasi Washington, James Carter, Dr. Lonnie Smith and more at this inaugural NYC event

Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland The Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble

10/20/15    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

The Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble
Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland
Planet Arts Recordings

There is a coterie of devoted people working to make sure Gary McFarland is not forgotten. It includes family, friends, musicians, colleagues and film director Kristian St. Clair, whose documentary This Is Gary McFarland became available for purchase late...

Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein Karrin Allyson

10/19/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Karrin Allyson
Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein

Why do jazz singers embrace so many songs by Rodgers and Hart yet so few—save the Coltrane-blessed “My Favorite Things”—by Rodgers and Hammerstein? While Rodgers’ music is accepted as consistently top-drawer, Hart’s lyrics are widely considered sharper...

Aires Tropicales Paquito D’rivera & Quinteto Cimarrón

10/18/15    Albums    By David Whiteis

Paquito D’rivera & Quinteto Cimarrón
Aires Tropicales

This disc features works by Paquito D’Rivera as well as a variety of other Cuban composers; it testifies to the saxophonist/clarinetist’s ongoing love for the rich (and too often underappreciated) Cuban classical-music tradition. He is complemented by Quinteto...

Kwanza Albert Heath

10/17/15    Albums    By Michael J. West

Albert Heath

A decade before the Marsalises triggered a bebop revival, seminal producer Don Schlitten was giving beboppers a recording outlet with Xanadu Records. A veteran jazz record producer who’d worked for RCA, Prestige and Muse, among many other labels, Schlitten...

Alphabet City Brian Charette

10/16/15    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Brian Charette
Alphabet City

Organist Brian Charette mingles jazz, old-school soul and psychedelia on Alphabet City , his ninth recording as a leader. Joined by guitarist Will Bernard and drummer Rudy Royston, Charette presents a dozen original compositions that groove and soothe about...