Jazz

Pianist Massimo Faraò is one of those Italian musicians who takes the spirit of the blues very seriously -- perhaps. When accompanied by his mates, Aldo Zunnio on bass and drummer Gianni Cazzola, they come off sounding like a joyful bunch of jazzers digging the hell out of the tradition and pushi...

Grover Washington, Jr.'s sophomore date for Creed Taylor's Kud imprint was released in late 1972. Like its predecessor Inner City Blues, this session was produced by the label boss himself and was arranged and conducted by Bob James. Assembled for the date were large horn and string sections. The...

From their debut self-titled release in 1992 to Soulfish in 1993 this band's hyper-kinetic twists and turns have been a delight. They'd Coltrane soothe, play heavy metallic fusion, rap to jazz, do speed funk, and even strains of Mahavishnu Orchestra.

But first and foremost Lost Tribe was a...

Austin Powell's Cats & the Fiddle were a little late in arriving to the hep cats' ball; they formed in 1937, after many years of scuttling around in varying incarnations with different names. Also, the base quartet weren't as musically talented as forebears like the Mills Brothers or the Delta Rh...

Stephen Riley's fourth CD as a leader for Steeplechase is a bit different, as he has added a piano to the group. With pianist Ernest Turner, bassist Neal Caine, and drummer Jason Marsalis, the tenor saxophonist explores a combination of standards and time-tested jazz compositions. His soft, breat...

In his sophomore New Sound effort, Marcus Strickland again tugs at the loose threads of the progressive wing of mid-'60s mainstream jazz. He fronts the same quartet as in his debut, which includes his twin brother E.J. Strickland on drums, pianist Robert Glasper, and bassist Brandon Owen. When th...

This exciting session consists of the 1959 edition of The Miles Davis Sextet minus its leader, though it was later reissued as Cannonball & Coltrane, as there was evidence that both men had considerable input into the date. A brisk "Limehouse Blues" features great exchanges between the saxophonis...

Louis Armstrong compilations are a dime a dozen, but you may wish to spend a few dimes and dollars on this one, especially if you have no Satchmo at home. There are 25 selections from the '20s, '30s, and '40s (not in chronological order) featuring Armstrong singing a lot and playing the horn up f...

Tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin's quartet with pianist Jaki Byard, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Alan Dawson was so strong and dynamic that it is surprising that it only existed in the recording studio, and only for two sessions. For the fourth and final of Ervin's series of Books, the music i...

Herbie Mann has always been open to new trends in his music. For this 1969 studio session, he and three other top soloists (vibraphonist Roy Ayers and guitarists Larry Coryell and Sonny Sharrock) went down to Memphis and combined their talents with a topnotch local rhythm section. The music effec...

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