All About Jazz Album Reviews
13 Nov 2016
  • Festen: Festen
    Sat, 12 Nov 2016 03:35:07 -0500

    Does the world really need another Scandinavian group from the Clean Feed stable? Well in the case of Festen, the answer is a resounding yes! Further confounding the by now tired Nordic tone stereotype, and even diverging from the outfits influenced by the 1960s avant-garde, this quartet comprising... [ read more ]
  • Eli Yamin: Message From Saturn
    Sat, 12 Nov 2016 03:35:05 -0500

    The Jazz Drama Program was founded in 2003, in New York City, by pianist and composer m: Eli Yamin, and educator Clifford Carlson, to stimulate youth by offering diverse and imaginative jazz, theater, and dance programs with active participation of those enrolled. Message From Saturn tak... [ read more ]
  • DYAD: Dyad Plays Jazz Arias
    Sat, 12 Nov 2016 03:35:03 -0500

    Classical-jazz hybrids, such as the m: Modern Jazz Quartet, traditionally keep the formal structure of classical music foremost in their work. Not so the duo of m: Lou Caimano and m: Eric Olsen collectively known as m: Dyad. Their version of "Jazz Meets... [ read more ]
  • Chuck Redd: Happy All the Time
    Sat, 12 Nov 2016 03:35:00 -0500

    The complete title of this carefree and charming studio date is m: Chuck Redd Remembers m: Barney Kessel. The reasons why are many. Here are two: first, Redd worked with Kessel from 1980-91 as a drummer in the Great Guitars group and in Kessel's trio, during which time the two... [ read more ]
  • Tony Kadleck Big Band: Tony Kadleck Big Band: Around the Horn
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 03:36:00 -0500

    One of the best and most unique things about All About Jazz is that discovering wonderful music is not limited to the narrow window around someone's release date. Whenever you stumble on something especially delicious, you can share your sentiments about it--and even if another reviewer has gotten t... [ read more ]
  • Marco Sanguinetti: CA^3mo Desaparecer Completamente (How to Disappear Completely)
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 03:35:18 -0500

    Argentinian pianist Marco Sanguinetti has brought his imaginative, genre-crossing sensibility to projects like "8" (2014), an album of original, Latin-inspired pieces filtered through thoroughly modern stylistic devices, and his work with Pibe-A, which has recorded tributes to {{m: Pink Floyd = 3011... [ read more ]
  • Wadada Leo Smith: America's National Parks
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 03:35:13 -0500

    While the title might conjure up a string of luminous tone poems, the reality of trumpeter m: Wadada Leo Smith's magisterial collection goes far beyond that. In fact Smith's notion of a national park encompasses not only the iconic landscapes, but also literary and cultural features. In a... [ read more ]
  • Sao Paulo Underground: Cantos InvisA-veis
    Fri, 11 Nov 2016 03:35:00 -0500

    Cantos InvisA-veis translates from Portuguese as "invisible corners/songs" or "disappearing corners/songs:" a fitting title for trans-national music that often seems to come from everywhere at once. The international trio's electro-acoustic sound blends music from North and South America, Africa and... [ read more ]
  • John Escreet: The Unknown
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 03:35:24 -0500

    Stepping into the void without a map, compass, or guide can be an incredibly scary experience. But the very same scenario can also be liberating. Musicians freed of the shackles of preconceived ideas are the ones, after all, who speak the lingua franca of jazz--improvisation, that is--in its purest... [ read more ]
  • Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra: Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra: Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 03:35:22 -0500

    Space in jazz, in the musical rather than the science fiction sense, is a difficult thing to pull off effectively. m: Miles Davis may well have said "don't play what's there, play what's not there" but Mr Davis said a lot of things including "if you don't know what to play, play nothing... [ read more ]
  • Jon Stickley Trio: Lost at Last
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 03:35:20 -0500

    Intricacy and virtuosity can so often turn listeners away if they get excessive, but the Jon Stickley Trio finds that sweet spot where it never sounds awkward. They specialize in a stylistic mishmosh based around (but hardly limited to) folk, jazz and bluegrass, hooky and melodic enough to make any... [ read more ]
  • Kris Johnson: Jim Crow's Tears
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 03:35:18 -0500

    The term Jim Crow, reputedly, has its origins in West Africa, based on a Yoruba folk tale of a crow called Jim, who appeared lazy, yet was clever and lucky. This story was brought to America by the enslaved Africans, who embellished it, and turned it into a song and dance routine to take their minds... [ read more ]
  • Thad Jones: The Magnificent Thad Jones
    Thu, 10 Nov 2016 03:35:15 -0500

    It's all about the swing. Featured in the m: Count Basie Orchestra, one of the hardest swinging bands ever, m: Thad Jones had more swing in his little toe then most musicians will ever dream of. Even when he slowed the tempo he still swung, and his second date as a leader for... [ read more ]
  • Mara Rosenbloom Trio: Prairie Burn
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 03:35:15 -0500

    When thought outpaces action in music, the results are often staid and forgettable. Conversely, when thinking is suppressed in favor of ceaseless activity, the end results are often turbid, shambolic, and largely unlistenable. It's the power struggle between the two, along with the personalities con... [ read more ]
  • Synia Carroll: Herea€(TM)s to You...
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 03:35:08 -0500

    Et in terra. Honesty in music is expressed in its simplicity. The first right thing that vocalist Synia Carroll does on her debut recording, Here's to You... is employ a jazz piano trio, the subatomic format for jazz: piano, bass, and drums. The second thing that Carroll does is fix her art in the e... [ read more ]
  • Norrbotten Big Band featuring Georg 'Jojje' Wadenius: Jojje Wadenius (70)
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 03:35:06 -0500

    The province of Norrbotten is the furthest north you can go in Sweden. It is a place of granite mountains, their summits capped with snow most of the year and circled by golden eagles. In the valleys the Sami people, wearing colourful folk costumes, herd reindeer and drink coffee laced with salt fro... [ read more ]
  • Mary Halvorson Octet: Away With You
    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 03:35:00 -0500

    This debut octet outing led by guitarist Mary Halvorson is packed with an all-star team, featuring alto saxophonist m: Jon Irabagon, bassist m: John HA(C)bert and other notables. However, one of the differentiators is the addition of pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, who push... [ read more ]
  • Martin Bejerano: Trio Miami
    Tue, 08 Nov 2016 03:35:35 -0500

    While nobody could successfully argue that the cost of playing with jazz legend m: Roy Haynes outweighs the benefits--a wealth of experience and time to connect with one of this music's greatest figures, tremendous exposure and opportunity on the performance front, time to build a group d... [ read more ]
  • Enrico Pieranunzi: New Spring - Live At The Village Vanguard
    Tue, 08 Nov 2016 03:35:31 -0500

    Pianist m: Enrico Pieranunzi's latest offering, New Spring --Live At The Village Vanguard ties together, in different ways, two previous CAM Jazz releases. The most recent is the studio album Proximity featuring saxophonist m: Donny McCaslin (who also plays in the live album)... [ read more ]
  • Keith Jarrett: Keith Jarrett: A Multitude of Angels
    Tue, 08 Nov 2016 03:35:29 -0500

    The phrase "triumph of the human spirit" may be commonly used, but rarely in musical contexts. There have, however, been relatively recent examples of such achievements, like when m: Michael Brecker managed to not just make it into the studio, six months before he died from a fatal blood... [ read more ]