Reviews

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...

Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4 Sonny Rollins

04/10/16    Albums    By Mac Randall

Sonny Rollins
Holding the Stage: Road Shows Vol. 4
Doxy/OKeh

Sonny Rollins’ most celebrated album of the 21st century is, and may very well always be, Without a Song: The 9/11 Concert . In part that’s because of the dramatic circumstances behind its genesis. Four days after the 2001 destruction of the World Trade...

Steve Miller with Jimmie Vaughan: Live at JALC

04/09/16    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Steve Miller with Jimmie Vaughan: Live at JALC

Blues, roots and "Blue Skies"

Standing Tall Ken Fowser

04/08/16    Albums    By Michael J. West

Ken Fowser
Standing Tall
Posi-Tone

It’s been quite a while since a tenor saxophonist arrived who’s learned the lessons of Lester Young as fully as Ken Fowser has. His compositions are honed to their essence; his solos combine fresh lyricism and firm pocket. But what shines brightest (and...