Jazz

When grunge eventually died its exploited and over-marketed related death, a wayward lot of flanneled waifs began searching for something new, something hip, and somewhere to get drunk. Many of them found solace in the revival of something old: a cocktail lounge music scene. When this parodic cra...

The music on this 1997 CD was previously released as part of a couple of Jazz Archives LPs in the '70s. In mid 1944, the Teddy Wilson sextet consisted of the pianist, trumpeter Emmett Berry, trombonist Benny Morton, clarinetist Edmond Hall, bassist Slam Stewart and drummer Sid Catlett. These 15 s...

Every now and then one comes across an album that puts absolutely no demands on the listener. It is straightforward, mainstream jazz played by a well-contrived piano trio. There's no pretense, no startling nor dazzling improvisational runs, simply a laid-back, relaxed session of mostly standard m...

An entirely worthy Bobby Hutcherson LP that went unissued until 1980, Patterns finds the vibist working in typically challenging territory. What makes this session distinctive is that it features some of drummer and favorite Hutcherson composer Joe Chambers' most structured work, though that hard...

Whoever decided to name '50s-style, small combo jazz "mainstream" did a disservice to saxophonists like Scott Hamilton. The word sounds safe and soulless. And while Hamilton will never be mistaken for John Coltrane, he's no throwback to some fondly remembered (and forgotten) era. From the Beginni...

Recorded in 1971 for the French America Recording label, Improvisie captures pianist Paul Bley, Annette Peacock, and master percussionist Han Bennink in concert in Rotterdam. Bley plays electric piano and synthesizer here, with Peacock playing both electric and acoustic piano, synthesizer, and el...

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