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

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

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...

Review: The Newport Jazz Festival 2014

08/06/14    Concerts    By Bill Beuttler

Review: The Newport Jazz Festival 2014

At 60, not only still going, but still growing

Standard Deviation Ralph Bowen

08/06/14    Albums    By Owen Cordle

Ralph Bowen
Standard Deviation

With Standard Deviation , tenor saxophonist Ralph Bowen, pianist Bill O’Connell, bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Donald Edwards deliver a program of standard tunes revised in novel ways. The revamped themes, harmonies and rhythms are not only different...

The New Standard Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte

08/05/14    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte
The New Standard

On the surface, Strange Bedfellows seems like an appropriate name for this trio. Keyboardist Jamie Saft and drummer Bobby Previte, both fiercely eclectic yet technically gifted player-composers, have collaborated before, in settings as far out as the improvised...

Tangos Ruben Blades

08/04/14    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Ruben Blades

When Rubén Blades announced recently that he would no longer perform salsa music on tour after 2016, and that he planned to return to politics in his native Panama (where he served previously as Minister of Tourism), it certainly appeared to some that the...

New Throned King Yosvany Terry

08/03/14    Albums    By Sharonne Cohen

Yosvany Terry
New Throned King

Mentored and initiated into the West African Dahomeyan tradition in Matanzas, Cuba (where it is known as Arará Sabalú), saxophonist and composer Yosvany Terry set out to document a repertoire of sacred music and ceremony faithfully preserved since the 19th...