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George Cables: My Muse

Read "My Muse" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Pianist George Cables' relationship with the late Helen Wray must have been one joyous romance. Contrary to the expectations of an album dedicated to a departed loved one, My Muse is a collection of uplifting and, frankly, happy-sounding originals and standards. Take away the personal context and you'd swear Cables and company were just enjoying the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Donald Harrison & Quantum Leap: New York City, NY, September 20, 2012

Read "Donald Harrison & Quantum Leap: New York City, NY, September 20, 2012" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Donald Harrison & Quantum Leap
The Jazz Standard
New York City, New York
September 20, 2012

New Orleans-based saxophonist Donald Harrison kicked off the evening's first set with a shuffle-based groove, immediately starting with an improvised solo. The quintet, rounded out by pianist Zaccai Curtis, bassist Max Moran, drummer Joe Dyson and electric guitarist Detroit ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

John Scofield: A Moment's Peace

Read "John Scofield: A Moment's Peace" reviewed by John Kelman

John Scofield
A Moment's Peace
EmArcy
2011

In a career just entering its fifth decade, John Scofield may have covered a lot of stylistic territory--from the burning modality of Rough House (Enja, 1978), funkified fusion of Blue Matter (Gramavision, 1987) and N'awlins leanings of Piety Street (EmArcy, 2009), to jamband ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Katie Bull: Freak Miracle

Read "Freak Miracle" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Katie Bull is a highly original talent, a vocalist steeped in tradition who fearlessly rocks the boundaries of the known. Freak Miracle is a wonderfully expressive and free-flowing CD, a fresh and unpredictable mix that highlights Bull's gift for approaching music and songwriting from her own unique angle.

Eleven of the fourteen tracks on ...

Theo Saunders: Intergeneration

Read "Intergeneration" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Born into the cultural vortex that is New York City's Upper West Side and raised by Broadway theater-performing parents, Theo Saunders was destined for the creative life. By the time he graduated from New York's prestigious High School for the Performing Arts, Saunders knew his future would be made seated in front of a piano playing ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Eliane Elias: New York, NY, June 2, 2011

Read "Eliane Elias: New York, NY, June 2, 2011" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Eliane Elias
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
New York, NY
June 2, 2011

Pianist/vocalist Eliane Elias opened her set at New York's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, in celebration of Light My Fire (Concord, 2011) with “Ladeira," a Gilberto Gil-penned instrumental samba with a very syncopated drive. The tune was more like a warm-up, where her solid ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Clairdee: Half Moon Bay, CA, May 8, 2011

Read "Clairdee: Half Moon Bay, CA, May 8, 2011" reviewed by Bill Leikam

Clairdee
Douglas Beach House
Half Moon Bay, California
May 8, 2011


On Mother's Day, May 8, 2011, the historic Douglas Beach House (aka Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society) in Half Moon Bay, California was buzzing about Clairdee's impending performance. When the full house had settled in, her stellar band--musical director/pianist Ken French, world ...

Jerry Bergonzi: Convergence

Read "Convergence" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi has become one of the most reliable recording artists in jazz. In between his day job as a Berklee College of Music professor, and performing, he turns out a great album or two every year. Featuring mostly tenor horn, Convergence follows dutifully in that pattern. The album splits between a classic piano-based quartet ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marcus Miller: A Night in Monte Carlo

Read "A Night in Monte Carlo" reviewed by Chuck Koton

It's been more than four years since James Brown, the “hardest working man in show business," departed this Earth for an ethereal stage, time enough to anoint a successor. Bassist Marcus Miller deserves consideration--a tribute that would, no doubt, put a smile on the face of the Godfather of Soul. After all, a typical year for ...

Judith Berkson: Oylam

Read "Oylam" reviewed by John Kelman

As renowned as Manfred Eicher is for his ability to scout out new talent deserving wider recognition, ECM's other regular (albeit less prolific) producer, Steve Lake, is equally worthy of similar consideration. Few others could have imagined the remarkable synchronicity of folk traditionalism and unfettered free play that came about when, after recruiting Robin Wililiamson for ...