All About Jazz

Home » Tag Center » Tag: Planet Arts Records

Content by tag "Planet Arts Records"

Diane Moser: Birdsongs

Read "Birdsongs" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There is a tradition of composers finding inspiration in the songs of birds. Olivier Messiaen did it in the classical realm and Eric Dolphy did it in the jazz world. Pianist Diane Moser follows in that tradition on this CD, turning birdsong into a bevy of haunting compositions both for solo piano and the trio of ...

Bill Warfield: For Lew

Read "For Lew" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “Lew" referred to on Renaissance man Bill Warfield's latest big-band album, For Lew, is the late trumpeter Lew Soloff, whom Warfield remembers in the liner notes as “my mentor, colleague, friend and inspiration." The inspiration arrived when the teen-age Warfield, who had switched from trumpet to piano after losing his front teeth in an auto ...

Diane Moser: Birdsongs

Read "Birdsongs" reviewed by Troy Dostert

While she hasn't gotten quite the recognition she deserves, pianist/composer Diane Moser has steadily released a series of fine recordings over the last couple decades. Her 17-piece Composers Big Band recorded Live at Tierney's Tavern in 1999 (on the New Arts label), but she's also made some excellent smaller-group records, some of which have featured some ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chris Pasin: Baby It's Cold Outside

Read "Baby It's Cold Outside" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Chris Pasin clearly buys into the idea that spreading holiday cheer with and for those who are near and dear is a beautiful manifestation of the Christmas spirit. For Baby It's Cold Outside the veteran trumpeter gathered seven of his musical chums and put together a program of tried-and-true yuletide nuggets, remaining loyal enough to the ...

INNERrOUTe: Fourmation

Read "Fourmation" reviewed by John Ephland

Starting with keyboardist Joe Vincent Tranchina's steady, alarming tone, Fourmation suggests an emergency of some kind. “Consensual Motion" gradually includes the other three members entering the fray, a fray that's loose and free-form, and eventually calming, not to mention a little bit funky. Michael D'Agostino's drum fills combine with Bill McCrossen's probing basslines to form a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble: Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland

Read "Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Chi si ricorda di Gary McFarland? Ha attraversato gli anni sessanta come una meteora fino a spegnersi a soli 38 anni, il 2 novembre 1971.
Fu un significativo compositore, orchestratore e leader che iniziò a suonare il vibrafono a 23 anni, bruciando le tappe: nel 1960, appena diplomato al Berklee College (dove studiò composizione), ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: OverTime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer

Read "OverTime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Questo disco ci è giunto con un po' di ritardo ma va assolutamente segnalato. È infatti uno dei migliori dischi dell'anno nonchè un omaggio al genio orchestrale di Bob Brookmeyer. Forse non tutti sanno che lo storico trombonista, partner negli anni cinquanta di Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan e Jimmy Giuffre, è stato uno di massimi orchestratori ...

The Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble: Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland

Read "Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Drummer Michael Benedict, leader of the BOPITUDE and JAZZ VIBES groups, directs a new quintet assembled for a special project that pays tribute to the late Gary McFarland on Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland. An influential composer, arranger, vibraphonist and vocalist during the 60s, McFarland had a brief career as he met an untimely death ...

Tim Ferguson's Inside/Out: Hold That Thought

Read "Hold That Thought" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Bassist Tim Ferguson's unconventional trio Inside/Out is a collaborative group that makes its recorded debut with Hold That Thought. Sandwiched between a piece by bassist Charlie Haden and another by pianist Mal Waldron this engaging mix of free improvisations and original compositions brims with a warm intimacy and intense lyricism.

Haden's “Silence" opens with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: OverTime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer

Read "OverTime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer" reviewed by John Ephland

There's a richness, a depth, a density to his varied charts. And the soloists and ensemble passages inside those charts! Such has always been the case with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, then, and now. For real, gliding from the spirit of Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, this edition of the VJO now embraces another one of ...