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Conrad Herwig: The Latin Side Of Joe Henderson

Read "The Latin Side Of Joe Henderson" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

So what makes The Latin Side Of Joe Henderson different from trombonist Conrad Herwig's previous Latin Side albums? Well, for starters, Herwig played with Henderson for several years, an experience which gave him great insight into the music and the man who made it. Then there's the material itself. Henderson's music, more so than that of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brussels Jazz Orchestra: Wild Beauty

Read "Wild Beauty" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Benchè candidato alla vincita di un Grammy Award, Wild Beauty, non è certo uno dei migliori CD della Brussels Jazz Orchestra. A conti fatti, i due prestigiosi ospiti non costituiscono il valore aggiunto di un progetto che naviga senza grandi colpi d'ala in un quieto mainstream. Joe Lovano è un magnifico solista, ma le sue composizioni ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Fours

Read "Fours" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Savion Glover

Fours

Half Note Records

2012

Tap titan Savion Glover has been known to bring in the noise and the funk, but this DVD is about bringing out the jazz. Glover, the dancer/actor/choreographer who sits at the top of the tap pyramid, has long been inspired by this music and the ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2012

Read "Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2012" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Scores of excellent CDs were released in 2012. These are some of the finest. Click on the CD titles for more in depth reviews.

Hal Galper

Airegin Revisited

Origin Records

Pianist Hal Galper has been delving deeply into his rubato explorations of the standards, along with his ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lee Konitz / Bill Frisell / Gary Peacock / Joey Baron: Enfants Terribles: Live at the Blue Note

Read "Enfants Terribles: Live at the Blue Note" reviewed by Greg Simmons

At almost 85 years old Lee Konitz can play whatever he damn well pleases on his alto saxophone, and it's a good thing he does. He may currently be making some of the most interesting music of his long career. Enfants Terribles: Live at the Blue Note teams Konitz with three first-rate musicians--all jazz stars in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lee Konitz / Bill Frisell / Gary Peacock / Joey Baron: Enfants Terribles: Live at the Blue Note

Read "Enfants Terribles: Live at the Blue Note" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Super groups are, by their very nature, either bright shining stars or catastrophic exploding supernovae. Dream team basketball lineups get beat by upstarts, and the new Stallone/Schwarzenegger/Van Damme movie is sure to be a nonstarter. The reasons for the flops are usually chemistry and vision, both essential requirements.

Same can be said for jazz groups. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lee Konitz / Bill Frisell / Gary Peacock / Joey Baron: Enfants Terribles: Live at the Blue Note

Read "Enfants Terribles: Live at the Blue Note" reviewed by John Kelman

The idea of going into a club and playing a set of standards without any plans, preconceptions or pre- arrangements ain't exactly new; it's what plenty of jazz musicians do, each and every night. But it's one thing to go in and run down some Real Book charts, head-solo-head style, and give everyone a chance to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kenny Werner with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra: Institute of Higher Learning

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Since coming out the other side of a deep personal tragedy, Kenny Werner has resumed his career with a vengeance. First there was No Beginning, No End (Half Note, 2010), which dealt with the tragic loss of his daughter, Katheryn , in a 2006 car accident, as the pianist and wife, Lorraine, found the way from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Francisco Mela & Cuban Safari: Tree Of Life

Read "Tree Of Life" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A safari, in essence, is all about the idea of an encounter between the tamed, usually in the form of adventure-seeking humans, and the wild, which they aim to explore. The same could be said for the music that drummer Francisco Mela creates with Cuban Safari on Tree Of Life. For his third solo outing, the ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Randy Brecker with DR Big Band: The Jazz Ballad Song Book

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Randy Brecker with DR Big Band
The Jazz Ballad Song Book
HalfNote Records
2011

On The Jazz Ballad Song Book, trumpeter Randy Brecker, the Danish Radio Big Band and Danish National Chamber Orchestra approach the slow, wistful side of this repertoire as one dimension among others. They expand their view ...