Jazz

Take note! If there's one lively Latin-flavored guitar jazz disc by an all-star center fielder you must listen to this year, make it this one. Don't do it however, just for the novelty of a .300 career-hitting New York Yankee legend making music for a hometown-based label, but because his hobby c...

Hilario Durán is about the hottest pianist in any given genre, straddling jazz and Latin music, but sporting brilliance reserved for the Glenn Goulds, Eddie Palmieris, McCoy Tyners, or Oscar Petersons of this mortal world. In a trio with renowned bassist Roberto Occhipinti and drummer Mark Kelso,...

Vocalist Phil Perry has been underappreciated since leaving the Montclairs. His fine recordings with Kevin Sanlin were criminally ignored in the 1980s, and while he's occasionally scored on Billboard's R&B and contemporary jazz charts, he's better known as a session vocalist than as a soloist. Sa...

This set by Chicago pianist Jodie Christian has both strong and weak moments. Easily the low point is the Art Ensemble of Chicago's Roscoe Mitchell's playing on oboe during "Song for Atala" (way out-of-tune) although his work on soprano ("Coltrane's View") and alto ("Mr. Freddie") is better. Chri...

Sex Mob is back with a new album and a larger cast of friends than ever. Dime Grind Palace is the dancehall where everything Sex Mob has done to this point becomes fully defined, like a reverse prism concentrating the full spectrum of jazz past and present into a brilliant, focused beam.

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Tough and sultry as Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, or Herschel Evans, tenor saxophonist Chu Berry (his first name is pronounced "Chew") made significant contributions to jazz before his premature death at the age of 31 in an automobile wreck (a tragic point in common with Evans, who was felled by ...

The people behind the Definitive Classics reissue label want you to become more familiar with classic early modern jazz. They also have a habit of issuing the same body of works more than once under different musicians' names. Case in point: the Complete Savoy and Dial Recordings of Miles Davis i...

The fretless bass is a wonderful musical instrument and Mark Egan is one of the few musicians to play it well. In fact, not many bassists, fretless or fretted, can play a six-minute bass solo, as Egan does on "Waterfall Café," without utterly boring the audience. Even though many of the performan...

Drummer Elvin Jones' Vanguard recordings of 1975-77, of which this was the final one, generally found him playing with all-stars or augmenting his band with guests.

The five obscurities on this LP (three by altoist Bunky Green, who emerges as the date's top soloist) matches Jones with Gree...

Trombonist Slide Hampton's writing ability has long overshadowed his skills as a player. This CD reissue sets the record straight by putting the focus on Hampton's boppish and consistently creative trombone. The first three selections (a couple of originals and J.J. Johnson's "Lament") showcase H...

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