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The Great Jazz Trio: Someday My Prince Will Come

Read "Someday My Prince Will Come" reviewed 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 ...

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The Great Jazz Trio: Someday My Prince Will Come

Read "Someday My Prince Will Come" reviewed 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.

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Eddie Henderson: So What

Read "So What" reviewed 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 ...

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Ravi Coltrane: Mad 6

Read "Mad 6" reviewed 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. ...

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Clark Terry and Max Roach: Friendship

Read "Friendship" reviewed 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 ...

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Ravi Coltrane: Mad 6

Read "Mad 6" reviewed 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 ...

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Eddie Henderson: So What

Read "So What" reviewed 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 ...

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Clark Terry & Max Roach: Friendship

Read "Friendship" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Trumpeter Clark Terry has long been known to have a puckish sense of humor. That he still has it is obvious when he jumps in on the pliant rhythm set up by Max Roach to simmer and stir the blues with growling note chewing intensity. One minute and 45 seconds later he is done, leaving in ...

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Roy Haynes: Love Letters

Read "Love Letters" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

At 77, Roy Haynes is agile, active and still draws a stellar cast of musicians. Those represented on this recording span a generation, and each one endows the music with his own vivid imprint. The division between the players as partners in the adventure of music draws on their strengths and their pliability within the working ...

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Ravi Coltrane: Mad 6

Read "Mad 6" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Ravi Coltrane comes out swinging hard on his new release as a leader.

Let's get the preliminaries out of the way. Ravi Coltrane is the son of the one of the greatest jazz saxophonists whoever lived--John Coltrane. But lay aside all comparisons; Ravi has his own voice and definitely has something personal to declare. While new ...