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Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt: Jubilation!

Read "Jubilation!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The complete title of this splendid album by alto saxophonist Jim Snidero and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt's New York-based quintet is Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley. In other words, honoring the life and music of one of the jazz world's most illustrious altos, a consummate artist (and showman) who ranks alongside Bird, Stitt, Pepper, Konitz, Desmond, Woods, McLean ...

JD Allen: Love Stone

Read "Love Stone" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Beneath this tough tenor's exterior rests the most tender of spirits. If you need evidence, just spend some time with Love Stone.

After carving out his rightful place at the apex with a series of brilliant piano-less trio outings focused on pithy originals, saxophonist JD Allen recently felt the winds of change in ...

Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt: Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley

Read "Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Jim Snidero and Jeremy Pelt celebrate the late, great alto saxophonist Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley. On this release, the band pays homage to the artist's classic quintet, as Pelt's meaty tone rekindles the aura of trumpeter Nat Adderley. The tunes--largely composed by Julian or Nat--capture a portion of the original quintet's setlist, with the festivities enriched by ...

Giacomo Gates: What Time Is It?

Read "What Time Is It?" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

2:02.75. That might have been what longshot “Giacomo" (at 50-1) took to win the Kentucky Derby back in 2005. However, it will take longer--just short of an hour--to realize that this thoroughbred Giacomo rides home a winner with What Time Is It?. Hold the oats and roses and grab the ear buds.

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Giacomo Gates: What Time Is It?

Read "What Time Is It?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

What is it that separates a “jazz singer" from the wannabes? While many people are known as or call themselves jazz singers, only a handful truly merit the name. Giacomo Gates, whose latest album What Time Is It? is his seventh (and fourth for Savant Records), is one of the chosen few. Why? Well, as the ...

Jim Snidero: MD66

Read "MD66" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Sin dal titolo MD66 mette in evidenza le linee estetiche di questo progetto di Jim Snidero, che intende omaggiare il secondo quintetto davisiano degli anni Sessanta. Le composizioni originali presentano brevi cellule melodiche come volano per una solida trama ritmica, attraversata da un ottimo interplay.

Non è un disco che ridefinisce il futuro del ...

Bill O'Connell: Monk's Cha Cha

Read "Monk's Cha Cha" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Bill O'Connell has long been valued for his blazing Latin chops, enlivening bands lead by flutist Dave Valentin and legendary conguero Mongo Santamaria as a sideman and delivering his own burning leader dates on a variety of respected imprints in recent times--Zoho, Challenge, and Savant, to name just three. He's been a steady though occasionally ...

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JD Allen: Americana

Read "Americana" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Con questa profonda, austera e appassionata indagine sul blues, JD Allen intende ribadire la sua centralità nell'ambito della musica statunitense (“il blues è la porta d'ingresso -dice nelle note -per il passato e il futuro della musica americana; la fonte da cui gospel, jazz, rock, country, rhythm & blues e hip hop sono formulati. Lo spirito ...

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Mike LeDonne Groover Quartet: That Feelin'

Read "That Feelin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Mike LeDonne's splendid Groover Quartet has earned a cozy groove for itself, somewhere between fresh from the oven and the halcyon days of organ combos led by Jimmy Smith, Charles Earland, Jimmy McGriff, Groove Holmes, Shirley Scott, Don Patterson and others. While embracing their essential groundwork on the one hand, LeDonne moves steadily forward with the ...

JD Allen: Americana

Read "Americana" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

JD Allen is an artist who always delivers. He is also an artist who takes risks, willing to explore his limitations, and then break them; to expose his vulnerabilities, and reflect upon their source and meaning. His experimentation is not obvious. It spirals inwards, orbiting the central axis of jazz, while traversing its various trajectories with ...