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Entries from October 2014

Makiko Hirabayashi: Surely

Surely, the pianist m: Makiko Hirabayashi Trio’s third album, is both utterly captivating and immediately enjoyable. It is also, however, rather disquieting to anyone who listens more deeply because this music flatly refuses to be pinned down. Here, the whole is much more than the sum of…

Date: Oct 30th, 2014 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Jon Batiste/Chad Smith/Bill Laswell: The Process

If anybody saw this coming, they must to be clairvoyant. The Process brings together drummer m: Chad Smith , the hard-hitting, groove-making force that drives the Red Hot Chili Peppers, pianist m: Jon Batiste , the oft-cheery personality who bridges the NOLA-New York divide wit…

Date: Oct 28th, 2014 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Fini Bearman: Porgy And Bess

For her second album, singer and songwriter Fini Bearman moves away from the original songs of her debut, Step Up (Feenz Beenz Records, 2011). She chooses instead to delve into one of the best-known operas of the twentieth century–George Gershwin’s Porgy And Bess. It’s a work that has inspired some…

Date: Oct 28th, 2014 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Steve Lacy: Cycles (1976 a€’ 1980)

The autumn 2014 releases from Emanem brought a double dose of good news for admirers of the late, great soprano saxophonist m: Steve Lacy . Firstly, the label’s excellent 2011 reissue of the classic School Days album is available again, now that wrangles over some of its content have been…

Date: Oct 28th, 2014 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Sundae + Mr. Goessl: Cheek to Cheek

Sundae is singer Kate Voss and Mr. Goessl is guitarist Jason Goessl. Both parties hail from Seattle, WA, where Mr.

Date: Oct 28th, 2014 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Charles Lloyd: Charles Lloyd: Manhattan Stories

Since 2008 the non-for-profit label Resonance has put out a number rare historic, previously unreleased, recordings. Saxophonist m: John Coltrane ‘s 1966 Temple University concert Offering: Live at Temple University (Resonance, 2014) and pianists Tommy Flanagan and {{m: Jaki Byard = 37…

Date: Oct 28th, 2014 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Anthony Pirog: Palo Colorado Dream

Guitarist m: Anthony Pirog fearlessly pushes boundaries with his provocative debut album, Palo Colorado Dream. Pirog’s unabashed and inventive use of effects and loops, in combination with his dazzling knowledge of the various sounds his guitar is capable of creating, draws the listener…

Date: Oct 28th, 2014 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews