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Arild Andersen/Paolo Vinaccia/Tommy Smith: In-House Science

Read "In-House Science" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Arild Andersen's superb trio with tenor saxophonist Tommy Smith and drummer Paolo Vinaccia had previously released two ECM albums, Live at Belleville (2008), and Mira (2014). Smith and Andersen joined the saxophonist's frequent collaborators, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra for Celebration (2015) which included “Independency, Pt. 4" from Belleville. In-House Science is the second live album ...


Hal Galper: Cubist

Read "Cubist" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Hal Galper has been in the jazz limelight now for over a half century, establishing his trademark sound in more traditional settings with alto saxophone luminaries Cannonball Adderly, and Phil Woods, and trumpet legend Chet Baker.

Yet in the new century, Galper has turned the piano trio concept on its collective ear, something that ...


Hal Galper Quartet: Cubist

Read "Cubist" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Count pianist Hal Galper as another veteran rising like the brightest of stars into a compelling late career zenith. An alumni of saxophone great Phil Woods' 1980s group, Galper found his inspiration of late with an exploration of the Rubato Style of playing, with its flexible approach to tempo and the disassembling of melodies and putting ...


Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Holston

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival
Buenos Aires, Argentina
November 15-20, 2017

Mid November in Buenos Aires is a special time of the year. True to the meaning of the city's name, the air is crisp and fresh and blossoming jacaranda trees bathe the greater metropolitan area in a dazzling shower of purple ...


The Ed Palermo Big Band brings together two fave 1960s American Pop/Rock Superheroes for "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren"

The Ed Palermo Big Band brings together two fave 1960s American Pop/Rock Superheroes for "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren"

Ed Palermo may have gained an international following with his ingenious orchestral arrangements of Frank Zappa tunes, but he’s hardly a one-trick pony. Earlier in the year, the saxophonist released an uproarious double album The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 & 2, a project celebrating an expansive roster of songs by successive waves of British invaders, ...


Richie Cole: Blue Collar Bebopper

Read "Richie Cole: Blue Collar Bebopper" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Jazz alto saxophonist Richie Cole wants to reach out to you, whether you are the mayor of a highly popular tourist city or just a guy dropping over for a couple of beers.

“I play for people," says Cole. “People are all the same. If they understand or want to understand jazz, I welcome ...


Bob Lark and Phil Woods

Bob Lark and Phil Woods

By my count, trumpeter and flugelhornist Bob Lark and alto saxophonist Phil Woods have recorded six albums together prior to Woods' death in 2015. Their final collaboration, Thick as Thieves, recorded in 2009 at Chicago's Jazz Showcase, was just released. It's a solid swinger, despite my initial trepidation over the predictable song choices. What keeps the ...

Hal Galper And the Youngbloods: Live At The Cota Jazz Festival

Read "Live At The Cota Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The trio recordings released by pianist Hal Galper between 2006 and 2014--six discs, all but one on Origin Records--plowed fresh ground. Each disc dug deeply into the “Rubato" form. Taken as a whole--from 2006's Agents Of Change (Fabola Records) through 2014's O's Time (Origin Records)--the full series represents a monumental, sharply focused project that, for those ...

Bob Lark-Phil Woods Quintet: Thick As Thieves

Read "Thick As Thieves" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Remember the good old days when jazz groups came out swinging and took no prisoners until the battle had been won? Well, why settle for memories when you can lay your cares aside for an hour or so and groove to Thick as Thieves, the third and last album by the unrivaled and always-aggressive Bob Lark ...

Nathan Zaporski: Live Recitation

Read "Live Recitation" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Nathan Zaporski is a composer and alto saxophonist from the Detroit area with a hard, sharp edge to his playing in the tradition of Phil Woods and Jackie McLean. On this live recording he shows his wares fronting a sympathetic quartet. Zaporski's sound is so speedy and relentless on the opening duo of Thelonious Monk's “Rhythm-a-ning" ...