Imprint (ECM) ECM has supplied the jazz world with more than its share of emotionally rich and introspective pianists. Add Julia Hülsmann to that lineage. The German pianist’s second ECM trio album, Imprint, is by turns reflective and muscular, and boasts both artistic assurance and probity. While some contemporary pianists [...]Read more >>
The Story This Time (Delmark) As with many of his peers on the Chicago jazz scene, bass clarinetist Jason Stein is wonderfully unpretentious. He’s adventurous while offering a nod or two to the past. Even at his most wild or whimsical, Stein is never less than earnest and almost always [...]Read more >>
Strictly Romancin’ (World Village/Harmonia Mundi) As a backup singer for Steely Dan, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Madonna and many others, Catherine Russell has performed nearly every style of contemporary pop and rock. But when she finally embarked on a solo career at age 50, the vocalist decided to interpret the [...]Read more >>
Pink Paradise (Naïve) The ultra-pink cover art on Sidony Box’s second release could peg the artist as a dance-pop diva. In fact, Sidony Box is an all-male trio from France that delivers aggressive, uncompromising jazz with a rock edge. The opportunity to record on the Naïve label was the group’s [...]Read more >>
Mettle (Playscape) The core of guitarist Michael Musillami’s band over six albums has been his trio with bassist Joe Fonda and drummer George Schuller. As for the core of his writing, it’s been kind of an angular post-bop with a taste for grooves, collective improv and some rocking out. On [...]Read more >>
Home on Richmond (PJM Jazz) Saxophonist Pat Mallinger is a man in a hurry. As heard on his live quartet recording, Home on Richmond, there’s always another note around the corner, another phrase he’s just itching to play or invent. On the opening “Third Floor Richard” by Charles Lloyd, the [...]Read more >>
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