Joining Forces (Lilypad/BR Klassik) As the album title and cover photo make plain, Joining Forces refers to the team of alto saxophonist Karolina Strassmayer and drummer Drori Mondlak, co-leaders of the Klaro! quartet. The title also signifies a fusion of their individual ideas and styles. On Strassmayer’s third release as [...]Read more >>
Song Without Words (Anzic) Yuval Cohen was a rising star at Berklee on alto saxophonist. Then, surgeons removed a tumor on his spine, leaving the Israeli-born musician temporarily paralyzed. After a detour through law school, Cohen decided to relearn his instrument. Switching to soprano sax, he resumed a solo career [...]Read more >>
Come Sunday (Emarcy) Throughout his long career, the late pianist Hank Jones was always in great demand. During his final decade, notable jazz musicians queued up to record with him, prizing his tasteful swing-to-bop style and classiness as an accompanist. A new duo release by Jones and bassist Charlie Haden, [...]Read more >>
Imprints (Mutant Eel Music) Back when the term “digital era” referred to wristwatches with glowing red digits, music industry honchos often gave their most promising artists a chance to develop over a number of years and a series of recordings. Although such patience is rare today, the rewards can be [...]Read more >>
Black Radio (Blue Note) When pianist Robert Glasper signed to Blue Note in 2005, he was the label’s first new jazz artist in five years. His Blue Note debut, the acoustic-electric Canvas, was full of strikingly original compositions, adventurous playing and occasional nods to hip-hop rhythms. Seven years later, and [...]Read more >>
Radio Music Society (Heads Up) One of the highlights of the 2011 jazz year occurred when bassist, vocalist, composer and bandleader Esperanza Spalding snared a Best New Artist Grammy for her album Chamber Music Society. The high-profile accolade affirmed the young musician’s fast-rising status while helping to push jazz into [...]Read more >>
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