Reviews

Save Your Breath Kris Davis Underground

07/31/15    Albums    By Britt Robson

Kris Davis Underground
Save Your Breath
Clean Feed

The octet Infrasound is named for a low-frequency tone that is felt as much as heard. A phalanx of bass clarinetists—Oscar Noriega, Ben Goldberg, Andrew Bishop and Joachim Badenhorst—are the primary messengers of this mellifluous rumble, and are at the heart...

EastSideRioDrive Nilson Matta

07/30/15    Albums    By Lucy Tauss

Nilson Matta
EastSideRioDrive
Krian

Brazilian-born, now New York-based acoustic bassist and bandleader Nilson Matta finds distinctive, sometimes unexpected ways to present well-known compositions on EastSideRioDrive . Matta is joined by a stellar group of players—including saxophonist Craig...

Night and Day Vincent Herring

07/30/15    Albums    By Philip Booth

Vincent Herring
Night and Day
Smoke Sessions

Alto saxophonist Vincent Herring references Cannonball Adderley and other formative influences and mentors on Night and Day , a bracing live-in-the-studio album. The disc, something of a successor to 2013’s The Uptown Shuffle , is buoyant hard bop of the...

Emerge Stephan Crump & Mary Halvorson: Secret Keeper

07/29/15    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Stephan Crump & Mary Halvorson: Secret Keeper
Emerge
Intakt

From the moment Stephan Crump and Mary Halvorson played together they felt a musical rapport. The set of improvisation on 2013’s Super 8 bore this out by including music the bassist and guitarist recorded during their initial encounter at Crump’s home studio...

Get Up! Bob Mintzer Big Band

07/28/15    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Bob Mintzer Big Band
Get Up!
MCG Jazz

Like so many baby-boomer jazzmen, Bob Mintzer, during his most impressionable years, took in not only jazz but the radio hits of the day—including the soul, R&B and funk that inspired Get Up! Three of the nine tracks here, sequenced consecutively, are ’60s...

Review: Umbria Jazz Festival 2015

07/27/15    Concerts    By Thomas Conrad

Review: Umbria Jazz Festival 2015

The biggest-ever annual bash in Perugia

Passion World Kurt Elling

07/27/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Kurt Elling
Passion World
Concord Records

Kurt Elling’s latest, his second with bassist Clark Sommers, drummer Kendrick Scott and guitarist John McLean, is also his first without pianist and arranger Laurence Hobgood. (Keyboardist Gary Versace now completes the ace quintet.) It’s a momentous turning...

Gefion Jakob Bro

07/26/15    Albums    By Evan Haga

Jakob Bro
Gefion
ECM Records

The 37-year-old Danish guitarist and composer Jakob Bro, whose sideman credits include drummer Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band and Tomasz Stanko’s Dark Eyes Quintet, deals almost exclusively with the sort of twinkling, reflective, melancholic music that...

The Talk of the Town Sal Mosca

07/25/15    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Sal Mosca
The Talk of the Town
Sunnyside

When he died at age 80 in 2007, pianist Sal Mosca had never really received the accolades he deserved—despite having played with the likes of Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh. A pianist of great skill and grace, coming...

A Million Colors in Your Mind Cyrus Chestnut

07/24/15    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Cyrus Chestnut
A Million Colors in Your Mind
HighNote Records

There’s nothing quite like the sound of pianist Cyrus Chestnut hammering his way through a five chord in a climactic turnaround, as if to underscore his abiding affection for blues and gospel traditions. It evokes images of a smiling slugger rounding third...