Reviews

Road Shows, Volume 3 Sonny Rollins

07/21/14    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Sonny Rollins
Road Shows, Volume 3
Doxy/OKeh

Our greatest living jazz musician has not made many great records in recent years. That’s why the first two volumes of Road Shows , in 2008 and 2011, were important. They contained previously unavailable confirmation that the rumors and legends were true...

Alto Essentials

07/20/14    Albums    By JazzTimes

Alto Essentials

The most important alto saxophone albums in jazz history

Swingfully Yours Loston Harris

07/20/14    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Loston Harris
Swingfully Yours
Magenta

The liner notes for Loston Harris’ Swingfully Yours set a clear agenda. “This recording is all about swing,” declares the pianist and singer, a mainstay at New York’s famed Carlyle Hotel. “No torch songs or ballads, just tunes with tempos that make you wanna...

I Remember You Diane Schuur

07/20/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Diane Schuur
I Remember You
Jazzheads Records

Diane Schuur is the Ethel Merman of jazz: a consummate professional who never misses her mark and knows precisely how to sell whatever she’s selling, with a big sound and a penchant for grand gestures. For Schuur’s latest, she is backed by an all-star ensemble—pianist...

Fuzzy Logic Taylor Haskins

07/19/14    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Taylor Haskins
Fuzzy Logic
Sunnyside

Taylor Haskins never once blows hot on Fuzzy Logic . This isn’t about pyrotechnic declarations of agility and endurance. Instead, Haskins’ trumpet lines are measured, bold and warm, always pronounced but never overwhelming. It really couldn’t go any other...

Tribute Tim Hegarty

07/18/14    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Tim Hegarty
Tribute

Tim Hegarty’s Tribute is framed as a paean to the artists whose teachings and example still inform the veteran saxophonist’s work, most notably Jimmy Heath, with whom Hegarty studied saxophone and composition and who wrote four of Tribute ’s 10 tracks. The...

Extended Circle Tord Gustavsen Quartet

07/17/14    Albums    By Matt R. Lohr

Tord Gustavsen Quartet
Extended Circle
ECM Records

Norwegian pianist-composer Tord Gustavsen creates music like nothing else in jazz today, and his new quartet recording, Extended Circle , is a vivid illustration of the singularity of his take on the form. Throughout the album’s 12 tracks, eight of which...

We Are One The Omar Hakim Experience

07/16/14    Albums    By Carlo Wolff

The Omar Hakim Experience
We Are One
Ozmosis

We Are One is state-of-the-art fusion, suggesting the ’80s never ended. A recording of style, sonics, intermittent tenderness and virtuosity, it’s a smooth, if at times hollow showcase for drummer Omar Hakim, a veteran session man who has played with everyone...

Review: Mexico’s Jalisco Jazz Festival

07/15/14    Concerts    By Aidan Levy

Review: Mexico’s Jalisco Jazz Festival

A July 4th weekend of Latin-infused cosmopolitanism

Way Forward Way Back Les Grant

07/15/14    Albums    By Christopher Loudon

Les Grant
Way Forward Way Back

A true renaissance man, Les Grant is a trailblazer in online healthcare, a senior hospital executive in Manhattan, an accomplished actor with a spectrum of regional and off-Broadway successes, a gifted writer and, in whatever spare time that leaves, a jazz...