Guitarist Bobby Broom was a young teenager when he first heard Thelonious Monk’s piano playing. He had a copy of Bird and Diz, the classic 1950 album on which Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie were joined by Monk, Curly Russell and Buddy Rich. Within a few years, while attending New [...]Read more >>
Photographer Jim Marshall may not be a household name, but his images may already be in your home. This is the man, after all, who’s managed to snap iconic shots of Jimi Hendrix setting his Strat ablaze at the Monterey Pop Festival and of Johnny Cash delivering an infamous middle-finger [...]Read more >>
Kenny Wheeler/Hugo Wolf String Quartet/John Taylor Other People (Cam Jazz) Trumpeter Kenny Wheeler’s latest album pairs him with the Hugo Wolf String Quartet, but the first notes of Other People announce that this isn’t your typical soloist-with-strings affair. The title track immediately establishes an intricate synthesis of styles. Wheeler, the [...]Read more >>
Frank Kimbrough Air (Palmetto) Frank Kimbrough is at his most subtle and contemplative on this solo piano album full of sly wit and lovely melody. His combination of tenderheartedness and mental toughness is a rare one, indeed. The music’s emotional depth and directness, leavened with unexpected quirks and imaginative touches, [...]Read more >>
Eric Vloeimans Gatecrash Hyper (Challenge Jazz) This is what electric jazz aspires to, or, at, least should. Reminiscent of early Weather Report or Herbie Hancock’s electronic sextet that featured Eddie Henderson, Dutch trumpeter Eric Vloeimans leads his band through a live set of originals that encompasses early ’70s fusion, Euro-fusion [...]Read more >>
Joan Jeanrenaud Strange Toys (Talking House) In 1998, after two decades and 30 albums with Kronos Quartet, cellist Joan Jeanrenaud left contemporary classical music’s most popular and daring combo to forge her own path as a composer-improviser. Her second solo recording, Strange Toys, provides stunning proof of her commitment to [...]Read more >>
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