Up-and-coming saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa transcribed speech patterns from various Indian languages to compose his new CD-and to pose questions about ethnic identity. David Adler gets the scoop on this fascinating project.
Growing up in one of Buenos Aires’ most musical households, under the tutelage of her celebrated saxophonist father, Jorge, vocalist/guitarist Gabriela Anders figures she was … Read More “Gabriela Anders”
In the opening seconds of Dreamtales (Adventure), the new recording by vocalist Claudia Villela and pianist Kenny Werner, she’s heard saying, “Let’s go for it.” … Read More “Hearsay: Claudia Villela”
He’s one of the best interviews in music, runs a high-quality record label and leads one of jazz’s tightest bands. Nate Chinen shows why Branford Marsalis is so committed to excellence.
For Ivey-Divey, his first album in three years, clarinetist Don Byron put together a trio that is based on the Lester Young Trio record from the ’40s with Nat “King” Cole and Buddy Rich. Byron nabbed Jason Moran and Jack DeJohnette for his disc, which is sure to be one of the highlights of 2004. Nate Chinen reports.
It’s been six years since Geri Allen’s last CD, but with a new album for Telarc featuring the likes of bassist Dave Holland and drummer Jack DeJohnette, the pianist is back in a big artistic way. So what happened during those six years? John Murph discovers the truth.
Wallace Roney-Geri Allen’s husband-has suffered a similar fate as his wife. He last released an album in 2000, and his name was mentioned relatively little in the press-at least in relation to the talent level that he’s displayed throughout his career. But the long wait for fresh CD from Roney is over: Prototype (HighNote) is poised to get people talking. David Adler catches up with the trumpeter.
She’s been successful at jazz, pop, R&B, television and radio, but Nancy Wilson is sometimes dismissed as an artist because of her commercial appeal. But at 67, and with the new R.S.V.P. album on the shelves,Wilson is content with her place in the music world. Christopher Loudon tracks her success-and states her case as being one of the all-time singers.