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Gearhead: Danny Gottlieb’s Hot Sticks

When your résumé includes recording and touring with the likes of the Pat Metheny Group, John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, the Manhattan Transfer, and many others, it’s a given that you’ll be equipped to nail the sound for each setting. But over a career spanning five decades, percussionist and author Danny Gottlieb can cite thousands of … Read More “Gearhead: Danny Gottlieb’s Hot Sticks”

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Mark Guiliana: Beat Music! Beat Music! Beat Music! (Motéma)

Of all the musicians who performed on David Bowie’s Blackstar, drummer/composer Mark Guiliana seems to have been the most affected by its insularity; his own subsequent music has split into two separate personalities. Guiliana made electronic music as early as 2012’s Beat Music and 2014’s The Los Angeles Improvisations, but post-Blackstar—as his latest, triple-titled release … Read More “Mark Guiliana: Beat Music! Beat Music! Beat Music! (Motéma)”

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Makaya McCraven: Universal Beings (International Anthem)

Chicago-based drummer, composer, edit guru, and jazz adventurist Makaya McCraven recorded this splice-and-dice 22-song opus live in four different cities with a cast including saxophonists Shabaka Hutchings and Nubya Garcia, harpist Brandee Younger, cellist Tomeka Reid, and vibraphonist Joel Ross. Working in “pop up” studios in New York, London, Chicago, and Los Angeles, McCraven then … Read More “Makaya McCraven: Universal Beings (International Anthem)”

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McClenty Hunter Jr.: The Groove Hunter (Strikezone)

Gospel roots infuse modern jazz as often as the more celebrated route of classical training, and drummer McClenty Hunter Jr. displays a sacred understatement on his debut as a leader, The Groove Hunter. The nine-song disc features four Hunter originals, creative cover interpretations, and an ace core band with special guests, all showcasing the drummer’s … Read More “McClenty Hunter Jr.: The Groove Hunter (Strikezone)”

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