Pianist Jessica Williams continues to evolve, and what a pure music lover's joy it is to hear an artist entering her sixth decade on a roll, growing and expanding her vision. Classically trained at the Peabody Conservatory, jazz-trained in the bands of Philly Joe Jones, Tony Williams, Stan Getz and others, Williams furthered her education with her own?more than seventy?albums/CDs as a leader.
Always a high level jazzer, Williams rose to the... read more
Bobby Broom's latest disc on Origin Records is simply titled, The Way I Play. And after a couple of listens I have to say it's one of the most apropos titles that I've come across. Broom's fluidity and excellent note choice are on constant display through nearly seventy minutes of music. This is an album that is well worth your time and money.
If you've followed Broom's career, the first thing you'll notice is the song choice. Whether he's... read more
This CD could have easily been released under the name of the singer on the session, Cyrille Aimée. She sings on all 12 tracks and that, in essence, makes it her album as much as the Chicago Jazz Orchestra's. The CJO has been making music since 1978, and I'd suggest that if they were out of New York, we'd all be well acquainted with them. The arrangements are picture perfect, and the soloists tell the story with profound musicianship. The... read more
Drummers as leaders often have a difficult time putting
their imprint on recordings. Chico Hamilton, the L.A. legend and
giant, is the model for today's drummers. Chicago's Kobie Watkins on his album, "Involved" takes the leadership idea seriously. He plays, composes, and has assembled a group of very talented players to speak to the masses. Most of all, like Hamilton, Watkins does not fade into the background. His imprint on this recording is... read more
Track review of "Dear Prudence"
Bassist Chuck Deardorf follows up his pairing with Dave Peterson on Portal (Origin Records, 2004), with his multidimensional Transparence. Deardorf raises his bass presence to that of the guitar and keyboards on the board, allowing for a turbulent sound mix that resolves itself with time, like incorporating color in paint. This sonic phenomenon is well illustrated in Deardorf's cover of The Beatles' "Dear... read more
This recording marks the first time guitarist Bobby Broom has ever done a CD of only his own compositions. All of his melodies here, like the tricky blues vamp of ?Major Minor Mishap? and the sleek cool of ?Lazy Sundays? are attractive and provide good showcases for the dexterity and natural soul in his playing. His fat, laid back sound ,with traces of George Benson, is all over the set and once in a while he?ll go on a speedy, finger busting... read more
**** - 4 Stars
Hal Galper's Rubato playing style, which evolved over a period of years before the pianist made it the centerpiece of his group's performances, has confounded some listeners with its complex, overlapping rhythms where the musicians seem to be playing independently of one another. Yet those who focus on the interaction will recognize that it is just another method of giving familiar songs a new dimension. Galper's trio... read more
Dana Hall doesn't often hog the spotlight on his debut album, Into the Light. He doesn't need to; he plays more stuff behind other musicians than some drummers do in a solo. Hall stays busy back there, exhorting and swinging the band, playing contrary rhythms, shifting his patterns and punctuating everybody else's solos.
Here, Herbie Hancock's "I Have a Dream" is played more or less in the style of the Miles Davis quintet with Tony Williams... read more
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Christopher Icasiano - Provinces
by Dave Segal, The Stranger
Marlene Rosenberg - MLK Convergence
by Editor, Dusty Grooves
Benjamin Boone with the Ghana Jazz Collective - Joy
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record
Brent Jensen with The Acoustic Jazz Quartet - The Sound of A Dry Martini
by Chris Spector, midwest record
New Stories - Speakin Out
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record
Hal Galper - O's Time
by Marek Zając, Multikulti Project (Poland)
Hal Galper Quartet featuring Jerry Bergonzi - Cubist
by Andrzej Majak, Multikulti Project (Poland)
David Friesen Circle 3 Trio - Interaction
by Jan Kobrzinowski, Jazzthetik (Germany)
Amit Friedman - Sunrise
by Yotam Ziv, Columbus Music Magazine (Israel)
Andrea Brachfeld - Brazilian Whispers
by Philip Booth, JazzTimes