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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 ...

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. ...

The Rarest of Ivories: Fred Hersch, Joey Alexander, Eliane Elias and Renee Rosnes

Read "The Rarest of Ivories: Fred Hersch, Joey Alexander, Eliane Elias and Renee Rosnes" reviewed by Doug Collette

One of jazz music's most durable and venerated instrumental formats, the piano-led ensemble, trio and otherwise, has proven flexible beyond its surface simplicity, particularly in the hands of ingenious musicians like Fred Hersch, Joey Alexander, Eliane Elias and Renee Rosnes. Such composers/players, along with their esteemed accompanists, have optimal opportunity to bring their intrinsic creativity to ...

Renee Rosnes: Beloved of The Sky

Read "Beloved of The Sky" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

For those not familiar with the Tyner-esque bop flourish and Horace Silver-like subtlety of Canadian pianist/composer Renee Rosnes, then the rollicking Beloved of the Sky may be the disc to begin the discovery. Recorded live at NY's Smoke club, the recording features the free-swinging quintet of Rosnes, saxophonist Chris Potter (who is especially frisky and acrobatic ...

Steve Davis: Think Ahead

Read "Think Ahead" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan



Composer and trombonist Steve Davis found a home for his muse starting in the late '90s with Criss Cross Jazz. Over the course of seven dates as a leader and many times more as a sideman, he established his voice as a writer and performer. For the past ten years, his releases elsewhere have ...

Steve Davis: Think Ahead

Read "Think Ahead" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Trombonist and composer Steve Davis has released his new album on Smoke Sessions Records, entitled, Think Ahead. The inspiration for the title comes from the art of reacting to the unpredictable, but thinking ahead can aid in preparing for whatever the future may bring. The trombonist is joined by saxophonist Jimmy Greene, pianist Larry Willis, bassist ...

Vincent Herring: Night and Day

Read "Night and Day" reviewed by Luigi Sforza

La musica di Vincent Herring discende inequivocabilmente dall'hard bop. Come da tradizione, Night and Day ricalca in modo esemplare l'energia e l'irruenza espressiva insita nel sound di quel filone jazzistico.

Nel modo di operare, Herring non si sottrae alla convenzione di disporre tromba e sassofono davanti a tutto e lascia che siano pianoforte, contrabbasso ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Orrin Evans: #knowingishalfthebattle

Read "#knowingishalfthebattle" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Since the 1990s Philadelphia-based pianist Orrin Evans has carved out a revered career as a band leader, producer, composer, and first and foremost, one helluva jazz pianist. Recorded live at New York's Sear Sound's Studio, #knowingishalfthebattle is his third release on Smoke Sessions with an all-star lineup that includes two other well-known Philly natives, guitarists Kevin ...

Peter Bernstein: Let Loose

Read "Let Loose" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

When it comes to guitarists of his generation, Peter Bernstein stands head and shoulders above the crowd. His tone and melodic approach are so recognizable as to be detected in a just a few bars. Since 1989, he has been the go-to guitarist in New York City and has literally graced hundreds of recordings. Bernstein has ...