Friendly Fire (High Note) From the first notes of the opening “Pat ’n’ Chat,” it’s obvious that Friendly Fire is one serious blowing session. Tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and altoist Vincent Herring beautifully complement one another as they run though the melody of the Hank Mobley tune, propelled by the [...]Read more >>
Tempo (Naïve) Brazilian singer and pianist Tania Maria reunites with former Bill Evans bassist Eddie Gomez, but this time, in the studio. Aptly titled Tempo, the intimate session captures the varied nuances that have come to define the vocalist during her more than three-decades-long career. Unhurried and unfettered by convention, [...]Read more >>
Home (HighNote) Poetic and potent trumpeter Wallace Roney has long been defined by his personal and stylistic proximity to his mentor, Miles Davis. As a result, Roney has received less than his due for the mastery he brings to the instrument on his own terms. On his latest release, Home, [...]Read more >>
Double Portion (Arpa y Voz) The boundless virtuosity of Colombia-born Edmar Castaneda is making the harp a force in jazz again. On Double Portion, he plays both the standard 47-string classical harp and his customary instrument, the 32-string folkloric arpa llanera (literally, “plains harp”) of his homeland. More importantly, Castaneda, [...]Read more >>
The Eleventh Hour: Live at the Green Mill (Origin) New York City may be where jazz musicians go to seek stardom, but Chicago is no Second City for those looking to work. That lesson’s clear to guitarist John Moulder, who teaches at nearby Northwestern University (where he earned a master’s [...]Read more >>
Point in Time (self-produced) Gabriel Vicéns’ Point in Time displays exceptional maturity in composition and performance. As the Puerto Rican guitarist thoughtfully develops each improvised solo, it’s easy to forget this is his debut release. What’s more, his beautifully crafted, thoroughly modern compositions fill the entire program. Puerto Rican stalwarts [...]Read more >>
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