Bobo Stenson Trio Cantando (ECM) Pianist Bobo Stenson goes about his work with deceptive poise, speaking softly and playing with breadth, subtlety and power. Only close attention brings his greatness to light. On his latest trio recording, Cantando, the Swedish master ingeniously ventures outside the traditional boundaries of jazz. The [...]Read more >>
Boz Scaggs Speak Low (Decca) Rockin’ Rod isn’t the only old-time pop star to trade in his spandex for a tux. Actually, that’s not fair. Boz Scaggs was never a struttin’ popinjay like Stewart, and his take on the Great American Songbook is more laid-back and intimate. Sparse, sparkling arrangements [...]Read more >>
Paul Bley Solo in Mondsee (ECM) Paul Bley began his solo piano career with his 1972 ECM album, Open, To Love, a classic of the genre. Solo in Mondsee, his first solo album for ECM since then, is one of the best he’s ever made. And that’s saying something, considering [...]Read more >>
Jonathan Butler Live In South Africa (Rendezvous) With his colorful mix of breezy acoustic guitar instrumentals and powerful, throaty vocal tunes, Jonathan Butler has been a popular force on the smooth jazz circuit for years, most recently touring in 2005 and 2007 as part of Jazz Attack with Peter White, [...]Read more >>
Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette Setting Standards (ECM) It’s hard to believe it, but in January, this trio will be 25 years old. To mark the occasion, ECM has issued a box set of the supergroup’s inaugural session – a remarkable two days that produced three albums of superlative music. The [...]Read more >>
Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson Kidney Stew Is Fine (Delmark) Jump blues may be the most seamless amalgam of blues and jazz ever conceived, and no jump-bluesman was jazzier than Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson. Recorded in France in 1969, this reissue of a classic album captures the late singer and alto-saxophonist at the [...]Read more >>
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