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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

Bobby Hutcherson: Somewhere In The Night

Read "Somewhere In The Night" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The elder statesman of the vibraphone and the fastest gun in organ town don't seem like ideal partners on paper, but on record they gel quite well. Blue Note vibraphone icon Bobby Hutcherson and the fleet-fingered Joey DeFrancesco initially teamed up for the organist's Organic Vibes (Concord, 2006), and their chemistry was so strong that they ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mark Soskin: Nino Rota

Read "Nino Rota" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Mark Soskin is probably best known for his work with saxophone legend Sonny Rollins. As Rollins' pianist from 1978 to 1991, he contributed to a string of several marvelous CD releases on the Milestone label. These included Dancing in the Dark (1987), which opened with a masterfully straightforward cover of the pop song, “Just Once," that ...

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Samuel Blaser: Consort in Motion

Read "Consort in Motion" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

There is something positively celestial about Consort in Motion. It's like listening to a soundtrack of the workings of a Jovian planetary system: a substantial mass in the middle (Samuel Blaser's trombone), orbiting moons and scatterings of interplanetary debris (bass and drums); and flashes and sparkles twinkling off of space dust (piano), with things making sense ...

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Samuel Blaser: Consort in Motion

Read "Consort in Motion" reviewed by Troy Collins

Initially defined by composer Gunther Schuller in the late 1950s as a synthesis of jazz improvisation and classical composition, the Third Stream movement has since drifted into relative obscurity. However, in the ensuing decades the milieu has provided fertile ground for a number of visionary artists to make bold statements. The increasingly commonplace role of conservatory ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bobby Hutcherson: Wise One

Read "Wise One" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Recently named NEA Jazz Master, Bobby Hutcherson has an extensive discography, though opportunities to record as a leader have slowed a good bit since the dawn of the 21st century. Hutcherson is still very much an important vibraphonist, as this excellent tribute to John Coltrane reveals. All nine songs were either written or recorded by Coltrane, ...

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(Another) Nuttree Quartet (Abercrombie / Anderson / Liebman / Nussbaum): Something Sentimental

Read "Something Sentimental" reviewed by John Kelman

It's always a pleasure to hear a group of musicians who, over the years, have developed not just a strong musical bond, but a personal one as well. If it's a truth that most musicians' style is a direct extension of their personality--of who they are--then it's equally logical to extrapolate that the musical interaction between ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Nuttree Quartet (John Abercrombie / Jerry Bergonzi / Adam Nussbaum / Gary Versace): Standards

Read "Standards" reviewed by John Kelman

With the plethora of discs released every year that over-mine the standards repertoire, it's easy to forget that there was a time when an album called Standards would not be considered almost a dirty word. Saxophonist David Liebman's recently unearthed Pendulum Live at the Village Vanguard (Mosaic, 2008) is one such example. Drummer Adam Nussbaum, figurative ...

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George Cables: You Don't Know Me

Read "You Don't Know Me" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

When George Cables sat at a bright red Steinway at the Society for Ethical Culture during the 2008 JVC Jazz Festival this past June and played his first notes of the evening, it was immediately clear that his recent illnesses, surgeries and convalescence had not blunted his enviable skills. He played an excellent set that night, ...

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Los Angeles Jazz Ensemble: Expectation

Read "Expectation" reviewed by Chris May

The young Swiss label Kind Of Blue, after a patchy start which included some pretty cheesy projects, is beginning to hit a more formidable stride. Two 2007 releases, pianist Mark Soskin's One Hopeful Day, a fine band album made luminous by saxophonist Chris Potter, and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson's For Sentimental Reasons, all silk sheets and flickering ...