Pat Metheny Day Trip (Nonesuch) Guitarist Pat Metheny has taken so many paths in his career that it almost seems strange when he ends up on the straight and narrow. But that’s exactly where he lands on this set of traditional trio pieces. A restless experimenter with both form and [...]Read more >>
Maceo Parker Roots & Grooves (Heads Up) This is the third recent Heads Up release pairing West Germany’s WDR Big Band with icons, namely the Brecker Brothers, Joe Zawinul, and now a two-CD set with alto saxophonist Maceo Parker. As a teenager, Parker fell under the soulful influence of Ray [...]Read more >>
Marc Copland with Gary Peacock & Paul Motian Voices (Pirouet) Marc Copland was a young saxophonist mustering critical praise in drummer Chico Hamilton’s band when he heeded the call of inner voices, dropped off the jazz scene for nearly a decade, and then returned in the mid-’80s as a harmonically [...]Read more >>
Brian Blade Fellowship Season of Changes (Verve) Watching Brian Blade on stage with the Wayne Shorter Quartet, it’s impossible not to be moved by the ferocious intensity of this Louisiana-bred drummer – he’s in your face but entirely focused on musical interaction, given to tricky polyrhythms and dramatic bomb dropping [...]Read more >>
Henry Butler PiaNOLA Live (Basin Street) Not so long ago, Henry Butler owned a great house in New Orleans’ Gentilly neighborhood – a place with its own studio and plenty of room for his much-cherished, 1925-vintage Mason & Hamlin piano. Hurricane Katrina changed all that in August 2005, washing away [...]Read more >>
Henri Salvador Révérence (Circular Moves) French singer and songwriter Henri Salvador is no newcomer to Brazilian music. He spent four years in the country in the 1940s, cultivated a fondness for the culture and fostering friendships with such noted composers and musicians as Ary Barroso and Dorival Caymmi. So beloved [...]Read more >>
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