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Entries from June 2013

Jean-Rene Mourot: EP

The dA(C)but solo recording of French pianist Jean-RenA(C) Mourot features a mature artist with a clear aesthetics and musical vision. The classically trained Mourot turned to popular music after his initial training and only later studied jazz and improvisation with American pianist and educator Eric Watson, a close associate of the great saxophonist m: Steve Lacy …

Date: Jun 28th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Reijseger / Harmen Fraanje / Mola Sylla: Down Deep

As one of its first signings, Ernst Reijseger has amassed a sizable discography with Winter and Winter. Werner Herzog–with whom Reijseger has also shared a lengthy relationship, scoring seven of the German film director’s films since 2000’s Ajax: Hark the Herald Angels Sing–has aptly described the Dutch cellist as capable of anything, furthermore suggesting that he could “play the American Civil war on his cello.” Whether or not that’s true remains to be seen, but clearly Herzog sees Reijseger as an artist capable of creating music that both augments and enhances the narratives of his films while, at the same time, standing alone as distinct and separate entities unto themselves…

Date: Jun 27th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Mercedes Nicole: Beautiful Alignment

m: Billie Holiday , m: Ella Fitzgerald , Sarah Vaughn and Nina Simone all make appearances in the biography of Seattle-based singer Mercedes Nicole. She has been a creative face in jazz since the turn of the century, writing, producing and performing tributes to Simone, m: Etta James , and m: Dinah Washington . With Beautiful Alignment, Nicole debuts on disc with a collection of songs reflecting her preferences and influences as well as her own original view of jazz vocals…

Date: Jun 27th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Joshua Abrams Quartet: Unknown Known

“There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns–there are things we do not know we don’t know.” Strangely, Donald Rumsfeld didn’t mention the unknown known: the things we don’t acknowledge that we know. While the sleeve notes contain no reference to the former Secretary of State, the choice of title for the dA(C)but by Chicago bassist Joshua Abrams’ Quartet makes the connection inevitable

Date: Jun 27th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Global Noize: SLY Reimagined

Keyboardist/Programmer/Conceptualist/Producer m: Jason Miles has a knack for birthing patchwork tribute albums that don’t come off as such. The man behind m: Miles Davis ‘ Tutu (Warner Bros., 1986) programming has also been the force behind well received album-length nods to Davis, Brazilian bigwig m: Ivan Lins , pop-jazz crossover saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., and Motown megastar Marvin Gaye. Now, he looks toward the edgier side of soul with this expansive, yet highly polished tribute to Sly And The Family Stone…

Date: Jun 26th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Jonathan Finlayson and Sicilian Defense: Moment and The Message

Trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson communicates a vibrantly rhythmic platform on Moment and The Message. His resume includes work with alto saxophone luminaries m: Steve Coleman and m: Steve Lehman ; the album opener “Circus” is stylistically framed on pioneering woodwind legend m: Henry Threadgill ‘s geometrically patterned compositions. But Finlayson rests on his own laurels with this debut solo effort. The set is highlighted by snappy detours, brisk arrangements, zigzagging pulses, and nimble interludes that offset the darting and impactful dialogues between the soloists…

Date: Jun 26th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Young-Ae Jung: The Man I Love

Korean, Berklee-educated singer Young-Ae Jung has a very specific vision for the jazz she wishes to make. The original pieces are of the same “grown-up” variety, as singer m: Louis Van-Aarsen populated her fine recording Destiny (Self Produced, 2012). Jung’s imagery has completely matured.

Date: Jun 26th, 2013 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews