by Joe Dimino
The pandemic goes on and jazz musicians keep on finding innovative ways to stay relevant and creative. This week we focus on some of those that are doing so by releasing new material and good thoughts into the world. We start the hour with a veteran of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in Sherman Irby. We also hear new music from London-based Rick Simpson, Sara Serpa and The Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band. Enjoy! Playlist Sherman Irby ...read more
by Joshua Weiner
Live At The Otto Club is Sherman Irby's first live album with his quartet, and it would be hard to conjure up a more joyful example of seriously swinging jazz that sounds like a great lost classic from the heyday of hard bop. Though the liner notes seem to suggest that this was a bit of a pick-up quartet, it doesn't sound like it: the group, particularly Green on drums and Menci on piano, swing as one with Irby as ...read more
by Mark Corroto
In today’s jazz scene, playing within the tradition can get you both overlooked and out of a major label contract. Alto saxophonist Sherman Irby is familiar with jazz conventions and is also launching his own label Black Warrior Records. Jazz’s present preoccupation with all things beats-and-groove related has cast away its young lions for jazz/rock fusion stars. With history repeating itself, can we now predict a Wynton-esque revival in 10 years?
Irby, now 33 years old, has an impressive resume ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
Redux. AAJ 's John Sharpe opined a brief and sharp-creased assessment of this record in the November issue. I am chiming in to add some observations, not to try and improve on Mr. Sharpe's commentary.
The Heart of the Matter. Irby's performances with Ed Cherry on acoustic guitar reminds me of the Frank Morgan Collaboration Listen to the Dawn. Irby certainly lacks Morgan's wounded" tone and phrasing, but their approaches with guitar accompaniment are parallel. He transverses the universe of ...read more
by John Sharpe
Irby's second Blue Note release serves up eleven tasty, bluesy biscuits----all flavoured with generous helpings of gospel, R&B and funk. For the most part, Irby is accompanied by bassist Gerald Cannon and drummer Clifford Barbaro and this trio packs one hell of a rhythmic wallop. The CD also features guitarist Ed Cherry on three tracks and special guests James Hurt (piano) and Roy Hargrove (trumpet) on the funky title cut. Sherman's nine original compositions range from a lithe tribute to ...read more