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Dexter Gordon: Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975

Read "Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Though in many regards a standard, none-too-frenetic quartet setting, Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975 is still as grand a starting point for Elemental Music's inaugural launch of previously unreleased jazz performances as can be.

Gordon found himself exuberantly liberated from the antiquated (and sadly all too present) prejudices of America during his fourteen-year expatriation ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ JOURNAL

Summer 2018

Read "Summer 2018" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Journal is a regular column consisting of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the genre that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar.

Fred Hersch Trio
Heartsong
Sunnyside Records
2018

The longer Fred Hersch plays, the ...

Erroll Garner: Nightconcert

Read "Nightconcert" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Erroll Garner's exuberance and love for his instrument, his music, his players, and his audience breaks today's poisoned and polarized air from the very first note of “Where or When" from Nightconcert, the archival release from the Erroll Garner Project, released on Mack Avenue Records.

Recorded with a visceral intimacy and immediacy on November ...

Woody Shaw: Tokyo 1981

Read "Tokyo 1981" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

That trumpeter Woody Shaw is considered “underrated" may be a considerable understatement. Shaw died at age 44 in 1989, but he managed to release 33 recordings as a leader (27 in his lifetime) and worked in collaboration with Gary Bartz, Art Blakey, Chick Corea, Stanley Cowell, Eric Dolphy and most notably with Dexter Gordon, on his ...

Dexter Gordon Quartet: Tokyo 1975

Read "Tokyo 1975" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Elemental Music is a record label that can be uttered in the same breath with Omnivore Records and Resonance Records. These labels can be credited with significant additions to the universal jazz catalog. Near recent examples of unreleased performances put out by Elemental Music include: Art Pepper Live At Fat Tuesday's (2015) and Red Garland's Swingin' ...

Tia Fuller: Diamond Cut

Read "Diamond Cut" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The engaging and enjoyable Diamond Cut is saxophonist Tia Fuller's fifth release as a leader and the first without a pianist. Fuller deftly fronts a different rhythm section on each half of the album. The only constant is guitarist Adam Rogers, whose restless, explorative style is the perfect foil for Fuller's ardent, poetic wit.

Eddie Henderson: Be Cool

Read "Be Cool" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Though he's run the challenging career gamut from Miles Davis to Herbie Hancock's lauded explorations with Mwandishi--he was an integral part of 1973's watermark Sextant (Columbia Records)--to a doctorate in psychiatry and acclaimed records of his own, ie: '93's Inspirations (Milestone Records), '73's electronic spaciness Realization (Capricorn Records) among others, trumpeter Eddie Henderson has managed to ...

Christian Sands: Reach Further

Read "Reach Further" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With full gale Monk-ian intensity and flair, pianist Christian Sands' five song EP, Reach Further bursts open with “J-Street" like the grandest, most swinging first flower in the new jazz garden. Then you hit repeat. Repeat again. Then you remember there are four more songs and the garden bursts with color.

Comprised of two ...

ARTICLE: THE VINYL POST

Beloved of The Sky

Read "Beloved of The Sky" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Back in the late '80s, the life cycle of the vinyl record seemed to have run its course. Promoters of the compact disc had lulled people into the ideal that the little silver discs would offer perfect sound forever. Fast forward to today's marketplace and it's ironic to see new releases as available in both CD ...

Buster Williams: Audacity

Read "Audacity" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

On Audacity, his first disc as the man-in-charge since 2004's restorative Griot Liberte, venerable bassist and jazz gentlemen Buster Williams delivers a stellar set of six potent, highly charged originals mixed generously with originals from long-time band members saxophonist Steve Wilson, drummer Lenny White and pianist George Colligan.

Generous is the key word here. ...