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Wallace Roney: A Place in Time (HighNote)

Can a band turn an extended break into a musical gain? Apparently so. Trumpeter Wallace Roney’s acoustic quintet with alto saxophonist Gary Bartz, pianist Patrice Rushen, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Lenny White gained kudos for occasional gigs between 1998 and 2001. And then the group’s members went their separate ways, finally reuniting in 2016, … Read More “Wallace Roney: A Place in Time (HighNote)”

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Etienne Mbappe & the Prophets: How Near How Far

Twisty fusion, low-slung funk and world-music textures all mingle and mix with joyful abandon on How Near How Far, the fourth album led by Etienne Mbappe, the Cameroon-born bassist best known for his work with John McLaughlin’s 4th Dimension, supergroup the Ringers and Joe Zawinul. This time out, he creates his lush soundscapes and hard-driving … Read More “Etienne Mbappe & the Prophets: How Near How Far”

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Review: Pat Metheny at the Mahaffey Theater

For those of a certain age and musical bent, recollecting certain life events is made easier by pointing to release dates of Pat Metheny albums. Has it really been nearly four decades since I was a college freshman, blasting 1979’s American Garage, with its rock-edged textures and guitar bravado (and inimitable Airstream-park cover), from my … Read More “Review: Pat Metheny at the Mahaffey Theater”

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Delfeayo Marsalis Presents the Uptown Jazz Orchestra: Make America Great Again!

Is America great, regardless of who occupies the Oval Office? Your answer probably depends on your point of view, your life experience and your economic opportunities (or lack thereof). It’s undeniable, though, that rootsy American music of the kind offered by trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and his Uptown Jazz Orchestra remains richly textured and expertly performed, … Read More “Delfeayo Marsalis Presents the Uptown Jazz Orchestra: Make America Great Again!”

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Kenny Burrell: Unlimited 1

The Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited’s mission is multifold, as Kenny Burrell, a codirector of the ensemble, has explained. The LAJOU intends to function as both a repertoire orchestra and as a conduit for new large-ensemble compositions, and to spark the creation of jazz orchestras around the United States. The band is off to a … Read More “Kenny Burrell: Unlimited 1”

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Charlie Hunter: Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth

Charlie Hunter’s album and song titles-including this record’s name, taken from something Mike Tyson uttered-aren’t the only off-kilter aspects of his music. And I mean that in the best sense of the term, as in unpredictable and often delightfully so. The San Francisco-bred guitarist-bassist has seen his career travel some unexpected pathways since the mid-1990s, … Read More “Charlie Hunter: Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth”

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Anthony Branker & Imagine: Beauty Within

Composer-arranger Anthony Branker, former longtime jazz studies guru at Princeton, turns to his new Imagine quintet for his latest set of forward-looking acoustic-electric pieces. From the titles to the haunting, sometimes meditative textures, a spiritual core seems to inform these imaginative compositions, brought to life via a band featuring saxophonist Ralph Bowen, a longtime Branker … Read More “Anthony Branker & Imagine: Beauty Within”

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The Cookers: The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart

Hard bop, soul jazz and postbop are the domain of the Cookers. Few bands perform their chosen variety of jazz with as much style, integrity and vigor as this group featuring five under-celebrated veteran players-tenor saxophonist Billy Harper, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, pianist George Cables, bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Billy Hart-plus trumpeter David Weiss, who … Read More “The Cookers: The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart”

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Eberhard Weber: The Jubilee Concert

German bassist Eberhard Weber, closely identified with the ECM sound, has long been appreciated for his unique voice as an instrumentalist, playing a custom-designed five-string electric-acoustic upright, and as a composer, employing various strains of chamber jazz, new music, contemporary classical and avant-minded material. Weber’s legacy, including a measurable impact on European jazz, was celebrated … Read More “Eberhard Weber: The Jubilee Concert”

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Steve Turre: Colors for the Masters

Steve Turre, responsible for some of the most creative and engaging trombone-led jazz sessions of recent vintage, goes for a non-concept concept here, in a manner of speaking. As suggested by the album’s title, for this outing Turre taps a rhythm section of masters: pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Jimmy Cobb. He’s … Read More “Steve Turre: Colors for the Masters”

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Organik Vibe Trio: Things We Did Last Summer

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 Samuels gathered to record this disc’s title track and other familiarities. The results: an altogether … Read More “Organik Vibe Trio: Things We Did Last Summer”

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Fabrizio Sotti Trio: Forty

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 a producer and sideman who’s worked with hip-hop, pop and jazz artists, from 2Pac to Cassandra Wilson, Sotti … Read More “Fabrizio Sotti Trio: Forty”

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Adam O’Farrill: Stranger Days

Stranger Days is the young trumpeter Adam O’Farrill’s official recording debut as a leader, but he’s been attracting notice from the jazz cognoscenti for a while. That’s thanks to his being featured on saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa’s acclaimed 2015 album, Bird Calls, as well as coleading the O’Farrill Brothers Band and working with the siblings’ father, … Read More “Adam O’Farrill: Stranger Days”

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Yellowjackets: Cohearence

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’ sound has indeed evolved, due in part to the numerous lineup changes over the years. The latest is … Read More “Yellowjackets: Cohearence”

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Hendrik Meurkens: harmonicus rex

Hendrik Meurkens has long doubled successfully on vibraphone and the chromatic harmonica. Now, more than 25 years into his recording career as a leader, he stands as arguably the most fluid and fluent jazz harmonica player this side of the great Toots Thielemans, whose playing inspired Meurkens to teach himself harmonica. For harmonicus rex, the … Read More “Hendrik Meurkens: harmonicus rex”

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Steve Kuhn: At This Time

Steve Kuhn’s At This Time… is defined by a kind of heartbeat-groove propulsion: Steve Swallow’s clean, pick-pushed electric bass figures nestle against Joey Baron’s free-tinted but supportive drums, as the leader’s articulate piano lines sound the melodies and his unpredictably placed chords fill the spaces between and around his partners. The disc came about organically, … Read More “Steve Kuhn: At This Time”

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Jaco Pastorius: JACO

It’s hard to overestimate how eagerly fusion fans anticipated JACO, the first full-length documentary on Jaco Pastorius, the game-changing electric bass virtuoso and gifted composer. Directed by Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak, the film-nearly six years in the making-became a reality thanks to its producer and cowriter, Metallica bassist and Pastorius superfan Robert Trujillo. It’s … Read More “Jaco Pastorius: JACO”

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Kenny Barron: At the Piano

Launched in 1975 by Don Schlitten, Xanadu Records released more than 100 LPs through 1986, including more than 40 reissues of archival material from the ’40s and ’50s. The high quality of the releases likely owed to Schlitten’s intimate involvement with the label, as he often “produced and directed” sessions, designed covers and wrote liner … Read More “Kenny Barron: At the Piano”

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Peter Erskine: Dr. Um

Dr. Um offers journeyman drummer Peter Erskine an excuse to play funk and fusion and “all that [stuff] you’re so good at and people love while still being Mr. well-respected legit jazzman,” as related in the liner notes. That aptly summarizes the scope of this project, on which Erskine collaborates with keyboardist John Beasley (the … Read More “Peter Erskine: Dr. Um”

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Carlos Henriquez: The Bronx Pyramid

Fellow bassists have long marveled at the way Carlos Henriquez attacks his strings. The South Bronx native’s lines are clean, crisp and to-the-point-jet fuel for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and other groups led by his mentor, Wynton Marsalis, and a long list of jazz and pop notables. So it’s no surprise that Henriquez’s … Read More “Carlos Henriquez: The Bronx Pyramid”

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The Don Braden Organix Quartet: Luminosity

Soul-jazz, if nothing else, was all about the deepest of sticky grooves, solos that sometimes took tunes in surprising directions and, maybe above all, a joyful exuberance that was easily felt and heard by listeners. That’s the kind of cannonball, no pun intended, that saxophonist Don Braden launches with the engaging and aptly titled Luminosity, … Read More “The Don Braden Organix Quartet: Luminosity”

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The Rodriguez Brothers: Impromptu

The Rodriguez Brothers, trumpeter Michael and pianist Robert, are exponents of a brand of Latin jazz that incorporates multiple strains of the genre’s rhythms and textures, meshing Afro-Cuban styles with bolero, Brazilian, postbop and other varieties. Underappreciated despite stellar performances at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and other venues, the two make another convincing showing on their … Read More “The Rodriguez Brothers: Impromptu”

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John Fedchock Quartet: Fluidity

“Concept” seems to be the selling point of choice for a preponderance of releases these days. There’s always an angle to be played, whether paying tribute to a fallen icon, importing high-profile guest artists, saluting a composer or mashing jazz with another genre. With the aptly titled Fluidity, the undersung trombonist John Fedchock foregoes concept … Read More “John Fedchock Quartet: Fluidity”

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Vincent Herring: Night and Day

Alto saxophonist Vincent Herring references Cannonball Adderley and other formative influences and mentors on Night and Day, a bracing live-in-the-studio album. The disc, something of a successor to 2013’s The Uptown Shuffle, is buoyant hard bop of the variety Herring perfected during the near-decade he spent sharing the frontline with Nat Adderley in the cornetist’s … Read More “Vincent Herring: Night and Day”

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Randy Brecker/Bobby Shew: Trumpet Summit Prague: The Mendoza Arrangements

High-brass firepower is the theme of Trumpet Summit Prague, and there’s plenty of the good stuff to go around, thanks to the on-point playing and improvising of a trio of trumpeters. Here, American players Randy Brecker and Bobby Shew, and Jan Hasenöhrl, founder of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, join forces with the CSNO and … Read More “Randy Brecker/Bobby Shew: Trumpet Summit Prague: The Mendoza Arrangements”

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Avishai Cohen Trio: From Darkness

Since the late ’90s, when Avishai Cohen broke through with his genre-defying solo debut, Adama, and his inspired playing with Chick Corea’s Origin sextet, the Israeli-born bassist has leavened his jazz with classical strains and Middle Eastern folk textures. Those elements remain intact on From Darkness, his third recording with trio mates Nitai Hershkovits on … Read More “Avishai Cohen Trio: From Darkness”

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