Content by tag "Lettuce"

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lettuce: Elevate

Read "Elevate" reviewed by Doug Collette

In what is perhaps an act of self-fulfilling purpose, Lettuce lives up to the title of this album, despite the fact it is not the same band that recorded Rage (Velour Recordings, 2008) or Fly (Velour Recordings, 2012). The current lineup is missing the two main instrumentalists from that pinnacle of progression: guitarist Eric Krasno and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Nik Bartsch's Ronin at Dazzle

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Nik Bärtsch's Ronin
Dazzle
Denver, CO
October 24, 2018

“Zen Funk." That's how Nik Bärtsch describes his music. “Zen:" the seeking of true enlightenment, often through meditation. “Funk:" a highly rhythmic, syncopated form of music. Zen Funk, yeah, that's it. The funk ranges from subtle to structural to urgent. The ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dan Shout: In With a Shout

Read "Dan Shout: In With a Shout" reviewed by Seton Hawkins



While it might be a cliché to say it, one can expect the unexpected when listening to the music of Dan Shout. An exceptional saxophonist and composer, the Cape Town-based artist has also built a sterling track record of creating highly distinctive and exciting albums. While he initially made a splash in 2012 with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Escaper: Edge Detection

Read "Edge Detection" reviewed by Doug Collette

Its name cryptic but provocative, Escaper embarks on something of a fantastic journey with its sophomore album, Edge Detection. As the quintet moves from the earthy realms of the material world into far-flung reaches of space(s), it legitimately seeks to inspire and to a great degree achieves that ambition.

Nine nimble renderings of Escaper's ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

12 Most Read Album Reviews: 2017

Read "12 Most Read Album Reviews: 2017" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent the top 12 published in 2017.

There Is No Love
David Sylvian
by Phil Barnes
Published: July 18, 2017

Bright Lights & Promises: Redefining Janis Ian
Sarah Partridge

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lettuce: Witches Stew: A Tribute to Miles Davis

Read "Witches Stew: A Tribute to Miles Davis" reviewed by Doug Collette

It's a daunting task but a laudable ambition to afford direct tribute to a musician as iconic as Miles Davis and a work of his equal in stature, Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). But like the ensembles before them that revisited this bonafide classic, including the World Saxophone Quartet, Lettuce prove up to the task. In fact, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

PHO: Two

Read "Two" reviewed by Joe Gatto

PHO, the Minneapolis funk band, is one of the hottest rising stars on the modern funk music scene. Even Prince thought so.

The Purple One got hip to PHO, and then invited the group to open for Larry Graham at Paisley Park. Since then, PHO has played with The Motet, Dopapod, Dam-Funk, Dumpstaphunk and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Foundation of Funk at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom

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Foundation of Funk
Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
Denver
February 11, 2017

Foundation: the base upon which something is built. From houses to skyscrapers, foundations are essential. They must be solid, strong and most of all, immovable. A funk foundation? That, too, must be solid and strong. But immovable? No, quite the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lettuce: Mt. Crushmore

Read "Mt. Crushmore" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The long-time jazz/funk band Lettuce has been referred to in terms that liken their sound to an evangelizing of funk and that is certainly a fitting descriptions for a good portion of their music. What the funk-laden descriptions obscure is that the blending of a strong jazz element makes this group unique. That aspect is largely ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Andrew McAnsh: Illustrations

Read "Illustrations" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Its liner notes, song titles, and cover art liberally peppered with references to Japanese culture and Zen Buddhism, Andrew McAnsh's debut recording, Illustrations was inspired by the young trumpeter / composer's journeys through the Land of the Rising Sun. However, McAnsh's original compositions--far from displaying any direct influences of Japanese ethnic music--are relentlessly hard-hitting modern jazz ...