Joshua Redman Back East (Nonesuch) This album’s title is thickly layered with meaning. It represents California native Redman’s return to the East Coast for the sessions. It also nods toward the multiple tracks (“East Of The Sun [And West Of The Moon],” “Indian Song,” the title track, “Mantra #5,” “Indonesia” [...]Read more >>
Fred Hersch Trio Night & the Music (Palmetto Records) Let’s get right to it: Fred Hersch is one of the best contemporary mainstream jazz pianists. That’s why it’s a shock to learn that this is his first trio recording in a studio in more than a decade. It’s a welcome [...]Read more >>
Yellowjackets featuring Mike Stern Lifecycle (Heads Up) Few artists are as identifiable after a few notes as the Yellowjackets or Mike Stern. Their distinctive styles mesh well on Lifecycle, a studio recording inspired by their performances together at the 2007 Montreal Jazz Festival. Guitarist Stern adds muscle to the quartet’s [...]Read more >>
Brad Mehldau Trio Live (Nonesuch) Carving out a niche amidst a crowded field of jazz pianists can be a daunting process. Practically every conceivable pianistic approach invites comparisons to the reigning deities, whether it’s Oscar Peterson (patron saint of the chops-laden blues) or Hank Jones (guardian angel of the tastefully [...]Read more >>
Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath Eclipse At Dawn (Cuneiform) The Brotherhood of Breath had one of the great sounds in jazz. Comprised of South African musicians fleeing apartheid and luminaries from the British free jazz scene, this big band concocted a vibrant mix of joyful township jazz, Ellingtonian swing, and [...]Read more >>
Taylor Eigsti Let It Come to You (Concord) Pianist Taylor Eigsti was first hyped as a superstar-in-training at age 8 when he opened a show for mentor David Benoit. The buzz intensified when the precocious Californian performed at 13 with Dave Brubeck, who praised the teen as “the most amazing [...]Read more >>
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