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Entries from May 2016

Rez Abbasi and Junction: Behind the Vibration

With a unique touch and distinct abilities, guitarist Rez Abbasi has produced some captivating recordings that have combined modern jazz and Pakistani/American in forward thinking projects like 2015’s Intents and Purposes (Enja) with his Acoustic Quartet which put a fresh spin on popular 1970s jazz… [ read more ]

Date: May 29th, 2016 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Ron Stabinsky: Free for One

Pianist m: Ron Stabinsky has been a stylistic chameleon with m: Mostly Other People Do The Killing . He provided a note-perfect recreation of legendary pianist m: Bill Evans on Blue (Hot Cup, 2014), and eclectic solos on Mauch Chunk (Hot Cup, 2015)–performances pep… [ read more ]

Date: May 29th, 2016 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Dave King Trucking Company: Surrounded by the Night

Celebrated drummer Dave King (The Bad Plus, Happy Apple) bonds fellow Minnesota jazz musicians with like-minded New York artists on the Trucking Company’s third release. His drums are constructed with bamboo and other woodgrain materials, which is a novel engineering process by the Milwaukee-based o… [ read more ]

Date: May 29th, 2016 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Stu Brown: Twisted Toons Vol. 2 (The Music of Carl Stalling, Scott Bradley and more…)

Cue the opening titles and the all-too familiar theme of “The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down”; a blast of which at just 23 seconds is enough to place the listener in the mood for the ensuing fifty five minutes of mayhem-inspired melodies. This is Stu Brown’s second paean to the great cartoon score compos… [ read more ]

Date: May 29th, 2016 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

John Coltrane: Interstellar Space

As the ’60s dawned it would seem that John Coltrane was determined to permanently turn his back on being an accessible artist. Often considered as one of his most influential works, Interstellar Space is certainly not for everyone. Fans of My Favorite Things and Blue Train may struggle with its seem… [ read more ]

Date: May 29th, 2016 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

The Blind Boys of Alabama: The Blind Boys of Alabama: Spirit Of The Century and Higher Ground

The experience of spiritual jubilation has taken m: The Blind Boys of Alabama far and wide from their southern roots. For over seventy years they have maintained their unwavering commitment to only sing in praise and service of the Lord, and they have succeeded on that. They take their r..

Date: May 28th, 2016 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews

Brian Bromberg: Brian Bromberg

Talk about backstory! There are multiple backstories going on with bass virtuoso m: Brian Bromberg ‘s Full Circle. The first actually involves Bromberg’s back. Full Circle marks Bromberg’s return to recording and full-on playing since suffering a debilitating spinal injury several years ag..

Date: May 28th, 2016 · No Comments · Categories: Jazz CD Reviews