Reviews

Wallflower Diana Krall

04/19/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Diana Krall
Wallflower
Verve

Over the years, the career-arc similarities of Diana Krall and Nat King Cole have often been cited: how Krall, like Cole, started out as purely a jazz pianist; how singing was, at first, strictly a sideline; and how vocal prowess proved the catalyst for...

Koln Marshall Gilkes/WDR Big Band

04/17/15    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Marshall Gilkes/WDR Big Band
Koln
Alternate Side

The word has reached the street: Marshall Gilkes is a trombone badass, an original thinker with chops of doom. He has made three impressive albums as a leader and lit up ensembles as different as the trio of Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda and the orchestra...

Shadows in the Night Bob Dylan

04/16/15    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Bob Dylan
Shadows in the Night
Columbia Records

Bob Dylan never has been, and never will be, a jazz singer. But when an artist of his stature and history decides to record an entire album of standards, it demands attention. Shadows in the Night has been widely ballyhooed as Dylan’s “Sinatra project,”...

A Boston Jazz Weekend, Part One

04/15/15    Concerts    By Bill Beuttler

A Boston Jazz Weekend, Part One

Cassandra Wilson, Berklee Performance Center, 4-11-15

A Boston Jazz Weekend, Part Two

04/14/15    Concerts    By Bill Beuttler

A Boston Jazz Weekend, Part Two

Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock, Symphony Hall, 4-12-15

Main Street Jim Snidero

04/14/15    Albums    By Michael J. West

Jim Snidero
Main Street
Savant

A determinedly straightahead alto saxophonist, Jim Snidero staffs his Main Street quartet with determinedly adventurous young musicians—and gets them swinging along with him. It’s no surprise to hear that pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist Linda Oh and drummer...

Lines of Color: Live at the Jazz Standard Gil Evans Project

04/12/15    Albums    By Colin Fleming

Gil Evans Project
Lines of Color: Live at the Jazz Standard
Blue Note/ArtistShare

The second outing from Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project presents a transition to the live medium, and if it’s possible for Evans’ arrangements to have more bonhomie than they typically do, it’s in this setting. Rarely does a big band sound so intimate...

So Many Things: The European Tour 1961 The John Coltrane Quintet Featuring Eric Dolphy

04/10/15    Albums    By Colin Fleming

The John Coltrane Quintet Featuring Eric Dolphy
So Many Things: The European Tour 1961
Acrobat Music

Eric Dolphy’s bolstering of the Classic Quartet into a titan-heavy quintet has long split the Coltrane camp. The naysayers cite an ensemble sound that had become too busy, with Dolphy, as master colorist, providing too many bright and distracting rays. The...

Take This Jacky Terrasson

04/09/15    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Jacky Terrasson
Take This
Impulse!

Nearly three minutes into the first of Take This ’ two interpretations of “Take Five,” pianist Jacky Terrasson, bassist Burniss Earl Travis II, drummer Lukmil Perez Herrera and percussionist Adama Diarra abruptly stop playing. The sudden dead silence lasts...

Field Notes: Antonio Sanchez’s “Birdman” Live

04/08/15    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Field Notes: Antonio Sanchez’s “Birdman” Live

A singular cinematic experience in NYC