Articles by Dan McClenaghan

Daily articles carefully curated by the All About Jazz staff. Read our popular and future articles.

ALBUM REVIEW

Aki Takase / Christian Weber / Michael Griener: Auge

Read "Auge" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Aki Takase had a hand in the creation of one of 2020's top jazz CDs: Slow Pieces For Aki (Intakt Records), by her husband and fellow pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach. She suggested a set less involved in the speed, volume and intensity that was Schlippenvach's customary avant-garde approach. He answered with a twenty-one tune recording of ever-shifting beauty and down tempo restraint. Takase--with partners Christian Weber, on bass, and Michael Griener playing drums--opens 2021 with an answer ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Hal Galper Quintet: Live At The Berlin Philharmonic 1977

Read "Live At The Berlin Philharmonic 1977" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

It must be gratifying to accomplish everything you set out to do. Pianist Hal Galper says he has done just that. And, after a career that included work with trumpeter Chet Baker and saxophonists Cannonball Adderley and Stan Getz, along with a ten year stint in saxophonist Phil Woods' band (1980-1990), followed by ten years of touring and recording with his own trio, that claim would have been a valid one then, before the dawn of the new millennium. But ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Erik Verwey: People Flow

Read "People Flow" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Dutch pianist Erik Verwey lives in a houseboat on the river Amstel, in Amsterdam. His view takes in the shimmering water and the geometry of the right angled architectures jutting from the greenery of the shoreline. It is a view that certainly influences his music. But not perhaps as much as do the encounters with people who flow, river-like, through his life. Encounters that Verwey has translated into People Flow, his debut album. Verwey's sounds, on eight piano ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Marc Copland: John

Read "John" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Marc Copland crossed paths with guitarist John Abercrombie in the early '70s, playing in drummer Chico Hamilton's group. Copland was, at the time, a saxophonist. The collaboration there began a fifty year friendship and multiple Abercrombie/Copland collaborations . Abercrombie passed away in 2017. John is Copland's eulogy for him, solo piano renditions of a set of his friend and mentor's compositions In 2018 Copland also released a tribute to another late partner in music, bassist Gary Peacock, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Meridian Odyssey: Second Wave

Read "Second Wave" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Seattle's Origin Records opened 2021 on a hopeful, turning-of-the-page note with Second Wave, by the group Meridian Odyssey. The band comprised five young (twenty-something) Seattle-ites who took advantage of the time on their collective hands, and the low air fares resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, to journey to Alaska, where guitarist Martin Budde's father—a pilot—owns an airplane hangar which served as a recording studio. Where the plane, the hangar's previous occupant, ended up is uncertain. But the saxophone, guitar, bass, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jason Whatley: On the Beak

Read "On the Beak" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

If Australia is “The Land Down Under," then Tasmania could be called “The Land Way Down Under,' a thumbprint of a main island cut adrift from the southern hemisphere's one country continent about 12,000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age, to sit off the south western corner of the state of Victoria, not too far from Antarctica. An isolated land with a population of about 550,000 that doesn't get a lot of airtime on ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Vadim Bessarab Trio: Differences

Read "Differences" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

When the COVID-19 virus hit Ukraine in early 2020, the nascent Vadim Bessarab was forced to abandon its concert plans. But the no-concerts mode gave the group the opportunity to engage in rehearsal with “double power and passion." This resulted in the trio's first recording, documented with the help of what Bessarab describes as an “aspiring recording and mixing engineer." That aspirer, Cyril Oleynikov, doesn't have his own studio, so he records on location. In this case the location was ...


ENGAGE

Enter our contest giveaways

Contest Giveaways

Enter our latest contest giveaway sponsored by Greenleaf Music.

Contest Guidelines

Publisher's Desk

Oh happy day... we're building a more perfect AAJ! Read on.

MORE POSTS

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.