Reviews

Albert Murray's “Murray Talks Music”

07/19/16    Books    By Matt R. Lohr

Albert Murray's “Murray Talks Music”

Book includes previously unpublished work

Live in Athens, Greece Mark Murphy

07/18/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Mark Murphy
Live in Athens, Greece
Harbinger

It’s hard to imagine more disparate vocalists than Shirley Bassey and Mark Murphy, but Greek guitarist Spiros Exaras, the driving force behind this 2008 club date, insists in the liner notes that among myriad gigs with international headliners only Bassey...

Sound of Red René Marie

07/17/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

René Marie
Sound of Red
Motema

That René Marie ranks among the most dynamic jazz vocalists around has been without question for quite some time. Now, with her first album of all-original material, Marie takes her A-game to a whole new level. The voice, of course, is spectacular: dark...

Photographs Mary Foster Conklin

07/16/16    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Mary Foster Conklin
Photographs
Mock Turtle

As Mary Foster Conklin explains to Terry Teachout in the liner notes, she not only enjoys being caught in the eternal push-pull of jazz and cabaret but is defined by it. Marrying the spontaneity of jazz to the storytelling verve of cabaret, she plainly states...

Cohearence Yellowjackets

07/15/16    Albums    By Philip Booth

Yellowjackets
Cohearence
Mack Avenue Records

More than three decades into an artistically fertile career and the band sprung from the Robben Ford Group continues to grab ears with its appealing jazz-funk hybrid, using sophisticated compositions as springboards for often remarkable improvisations. Yellowjackets’...

Montreal International Jazz Festival

07/14/16    Concerts    By Philip Booth

Montreal International Jazz Festival

Highlights included Kenny Barron Trio, Roberta Gambarini and more

More From Montreal

07/14/16    Concerts    By Sharonne Cohen

More From Montreal

Eleven-day festival featured more than 800 concerts

Live: SFJAZZ Collective 2015 The Music of Michael Jackson and Original Compositions SFJAZZ Collective

07/14/16    Albums    By Bill Beuttler

SFJAZZ Collective
Live: SFJAZZ Collective 2015 The Music of Michael Jackson and Original Compositions
SFJAZZ

The SFJAZZ Collective’s m.o. is to each year focus on the music of a featured composer. Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Horace Silver, Joe Henderson and Stevie Wonder are among those tackled in years past. The Collective’s new album, recorded...

Frogtown Anthony Wilson

07/13/16    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Anthony Wilson
Frogtown
Goat Hill

Anthony Wilson’s Frogtown , dusted with rootsy Americana, is like strong coffee with cream and sugar—a bracing mixture of bitter and sweet. This collection of 13 tracks, almost all composed by Wilson, also explores fresh performance territory, as a half...

The Ludwigsburg Concert Lyle Mays Quartet

07/12/16    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Lyle Mays Quartet
The Ludwigsburg Concert
Jazzhaus

Whether intentionally or not, Lyle Mays seems to have perpetrated one of jazz’s great disappearing acts. For more than three decades, beginning in the mid-’70s, he was an integral component of the Pat Metheny Group, as keyboardist, composer and arranger;...