Short Stories Dominick Farinacci

09/13/16    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Dominick Farinacci
Short Stories
Mack Avenue

If Short Stories isn’t ultimately regarded as 33-year-old trumpeter Dominick Farinacci’s breakthrough release, it won’t be for lack of imagination or effort. Produced by Grammy-winner Tommy LiPuma with an ear toward achieving broad exposure, the album finds...

Black Orpheus Masabumi Kikuchi

09/12/16    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Masabumi Kikuchi
Black Orpheus
ECM Records

A recording of the final live solo performance of pianist-composer Masabumi Kikuchi (1939-2015), Black Orpheus vividly illustrates just how broad ranging the idea of “jazz” has become. This music was captured at Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall in 2012...

Things We Did Last Summer Organik Vibe Trio

09/11/16    Albums    By Philip Booth

Organik Vibe Trio
Things We Did Last Summer
Cellar Live

Things the Organik Vibe Trio did the winter before last: Tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, organist Ron Oswanski and drummer Marko Marcinko—all of whom played with the Maynard Ferguson Big Bop Nouveau Band—and guests Vic Juris on guitar and vibraphonist Dave...

Montage Luis Perdomo

09/10/16    Albums    By Britt Robson

Luis Perdomo
Hot Tone

The Venezuelan pianist Luis Perdomo is more than just a Latin-jazz titan (although much of his work with Miguel Zenón, and the Criss Cross label release The Infancia Project , is recommended in that vein). He’s also a postbopper who can burn, and a sensitive...

True Stories The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman

09/09/16    Albums    By Lucy Tauss

The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman
True Stories

The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman mark their 30th anniversary this year with True Stories , an album that demonstrates how to update a band’s sound without losing what made it popular in the first place. The Rippingtons started as a supergroup led by...

2016 Chicago Jazz Festival

09/08/16    Concerts    By Aidan Levy

2016 Chicago Jazz Festival

Festival concluded with 95th birthday celebration for Candido

Forty Fabrizio Sotti Trio

09/08/16    Albums    By Philip Booth

Fabrizio Sotti Trio

A kind of loose-but-tight intensity defines the performances on Forty , an appealingly varied program played by New York guitarist Fabrizio Sotti’s trio with Bulgarian-born bassist Peter Slavov and drummer Francisco Mela, from Cuba. Probably best known as...

The Boston Creative Jazz Scene 1970-1983 Various Artists

09/07/16    Albums    By Mac Randall

Various Artists
The Boston Creative Jazz Scene 1970-1983
Cultures of Soul

You can accuse Boston, Mass., of a great deal—provincialism, racism, poor road design, an unhealthy fixation on its major-league baseball team—but one thing you can never say is that it has a dearth of great musicians. Some grow up there; others are drawn...

Andando El Tiempo Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow

09/06/16    Albums    By Mac Randall

Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow
Andando El Tiempo
ECM Records

Tough as it is to believe Carla Bley is now 80 years old, it’s not hard at all to hear that her questing spirit is undiminished on this album of new work. With saxophonist Andy Sheppard and bassist Steve Swallow—her go-to musical partners of 20 years—by...

Classic! Live at Newport Joe Lovano Quartet

09/05/16    Albums    By Mac Randall

Joe Lovano Quartet
Classic! Live at Newport
Blue Note Records

So far this year, the great Hank Jones has been an important part of two outstanding archival releases: All My Yesterdays , which captured two 1966 Village Vanguard sets by the big band that Jones’ brother Thad co-led with Mel Lewis, and this quartet date...