Norma Winstone Trio Distances (ECM) Vocalist Winstone’s new ECM release is a lean and beautiful album that includes pianist Glauco Venier and reed player Klaus Gensing. Winstone has a fairly narrow range, but she’s perfectly at home in it – her effortless and reedy delivery, utterly without vibrato, is marvelously [...]Read more >>
Kurt Rosenwinkel Group The Remedy: Live at the Village Vanguard (ArtistShare) One of the most in-demand guitarists around, Kurt Rosenwinkel is known for his distinct style: melodic, a bit mysterious, and with more than a little edge. That’s not to say he sticks with a single motif, as Rosenwinkel is [...]Read more >>
The Sax Pack The Sax Pack (Shanachie) The Sax Pack – the all-star gathering of smooth jazz vets Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, and Kim Waters – is one of the hottest live tickets in the genre. Audiences enjoy their onstage Frank, Dino and Sammy-inspired between-song banter at least as much [...]Read more >>
Saxophone Summit Seraphic Light (Telarc) Repertory and tribute bands abound, but few sound as heartfelt as Saxophone Summit, a three-saxophone sextet adopting the autumnal music of John Coltrane as its touchstone. Dave Liebman leads this all-star entourage with fellow saxophonists Joe Lovano and Ravi Coltrane, John’s duly talented son. But [...]Read more >>
Mary Lou Williams A Grand Night for Swinging (HighNote) Pianist Mary Lou Williams is one of those geniuses who gets overlooked because she’s simply too hard to classify. A hard swinging composer-arranger in Kansas City big bands, she was a strong influence on bebop, and late in life, when this [...]Read more >>
Bill Carrothers Home Row (Pirouet) It doesn’t seem right that a record could sit on the shelf for 16 years then sound so fresh when it finally becomes available. But that’s the case with this superb disc from pianist Bill Carrothers. The approach may be standard piano trio, but the [...]Read more >>
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