by Mark Sabbatini
When three guys with 130 years of experience collaborate on a set of oft-recorded tunes, certain things are expected.
They'll be rock-solid and, if not the freshest sound going, still capable of some surprises. There won't be any nonsense or players who don't get" what their colleagues are up to. Traditionalists will find something to make it worth hailing as an important statement.
This trio can actually get away saying mission accomplished."
Someday ...read more
by Jim Santella
Founded in 1976 by Hank Jones, the Great Jazz Trio produced several recordings and changed bassists and drummers frequently. This album marks the final studio recording for brothers Hank and Elvin Jones together. Elvin, who is heard here in his prime, soloing frequently and coloring everything admirably, passed away in May at age 76.
The trio interprets these chestnuts with authority. As Richard Davis reiterates Moose the Mooche" with bowed bass, he applies his personal zeal to the ...read more
by Russ Musto
Despite its title, this Miles Davis tribute's focus is not on the classic unit that recorded the track after which the album is named, but on the style and music of the trumpeter's great ‘60s quintet with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. Eddie Henderson's mellifluous sound, meticulous choice of notes and atmospheric use of space clearly place him at the apex of the Miles continuum, and his working quartet with pianist Dave Kikoski and bassist Ed ...read more
by Steven Robinson
On the day this lovely recording was released, co-leaders Clark Terry (trumpet) and Max Roach (drums), legends both, were 82 and 79 years old respectively. Perhaps it would be best to get the clichés out of the way. Yes, it’s important that elder statesmen of jazz keep recording, and no one deserves that title more than these gentlemen. And it’s also great that the old" guys have still “got it,” as they both most assuredly do. But what about the ...read more
by Terrell Kent Holmes
It is unfair when a talented person has his or her accomplishments examined through the lens of pedigree. Some, like Barry Bonds, have handled it well, but countless others have bent beneath the weight of great expectations. Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane has forged a notable career in jazz because of (and, perhaps, in spite of) his bloodlines. His latest release, Mad 6, carries on his father's tradition and further establishes him as one of the important voices on the current jazz ...read more
by Jerry D'Souza
Ravi Coltrane returns as a leader on an album that shows not only a great deal of maturity but also a focus on his vision of jazz. The saxophonist fronts the six musicians who are, over the scheme of things, actually split into two quartets. For the music that comes out of them and their interpretation of the tunes, the division nails it straight on the head.
Coltrane has included some neat surprises along the way. He turns ...read more
by Jerry D'Souza
Imitation may not be the best form of flattery, as trumpeter Eddie Henderson found out several years ago when he learnt a couple of Miles Davis tunes right off the record, thinking that he would impress Davis (who was not). Now years into the future, he breathes his own spirit into them.
Henderson is erudite. His tone can wallow resplendently in the lyrical and then suddenly scoot off into a convoluted alleyway or spew trills. All are ...read more