Reviews

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
Imaginarium
Adventure

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...

Bop Kabbalah Ty Citerman

08/12/14    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Ty Citerman
Bop Kabbalah
Tzadik

If one classifies Bop Kabbalah , the self-titled debut recording of the quartet fronted by Gutbucket founding member Ty Citerman, as “sacred music,” then it is as singular an example of the form as anything Duke Ellington ever composed. The latest installment...

Trios Live Joshua Redman

08/11/14    Albums    By Michael J. West

Joshua Redman
Trios Live
Nonesuch Records

Not surprisingly, Sonny Rollins is an immediate presence on tenor saxophonist Joshua Redman’s Trios Live . The album opens with “Mack the Knife,” which Rollins memorably performed (as “Moritat”) on his signature 1956 recording, Saxophone Colossus . Then...

2014 Satchmo Summerfest

08/10/14    Concerts    By Mick Carlon

2014 Satchmo Summerfest

Three days of Pops and music

Square One Brian Charette

08/10/14    Albums    By Carlo Wolff

Brian Charette
Square One
Posi-Tone

Hammond organ master Brian Charette leads a spirited, driving trio on Square One , his relatively straight-ahead and winning debut on the American label Posi-Tone. The Question That Drives Us , on the Danish label SteepleChase, features a Charette sextet...

Travel Guide Ralph Towner/Wolfgang Muthspiel/Slava Grigoryan

08/09/14    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Ralph Towner/Wolfgang Muthspiel/Slava Grigoryan
Travel Guide
ECM Records

On a percentage basis, the ECM catalog does not contain that many guitar players. Yet the ringing of a guitar, resonant in free air, has long been a signature element of the ECM sound. Pat Metheny. John Abercrombie. Bill Frisell. Terje Rypdal. Egberto Gismonti...

Get Me Joe Beck Joe Beck Trio

08/08/14    Albums    By Philip Booth

Joe Beck Trio
Get Me Joe Beck
Whaling City Sound

“My aim on the guitar is to try to get each chord to follow the preceding chord like it was meant to be there, and then sort of hint at what the next chord might be,” Joe Beck says, in one of several spoken introductions sprinkled throughout Get Me Joe Beck...

Dream a Little Dream Pink Martini & the Von Trapps

08/07/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Pink Martini & the Von Trapps
Dream a Little Dream
Heinz

A marvel of pop-jazz ingenuity, Pink Martini leader Thomas Lauderdale is at it again. Marking his group’s 20th anniversary, Lauderdale serves up another marvelous, multilingual olio that is equal parts musical adventure and pop-culture kitsch. For the first...