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McCoy Tyner Music/Half Note
The Coltrane Quartet pianist's first investment in his own label is both low-budget and surefire: a live album with a new quartet that rivals the old one, but fits a little more comfortably around his own substantial songbook. Tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano rises to the occasion, but Tyner can still muscle in to make a point. A MINUS
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Horace Silver Live at Newport '58 [Blue Note]
Minor archive find: fills a gap with Louis Smith and Junior Cook rehearsing classics, the choicest "Señor Blues."
Jimmy Blythe Messin' Around Blues [Delmark]
Classic Chicago piano from the 1920s, extracted from pianola rolls.
Nanette Natal Must Be Dreaming [Benyo Music]
Trading dreams for blues, protesting that "living's hard when it doesn't come easy."
Ila Cantor Mother Nebula [Fresh Sound New Talent]
Guitar-sax quartet: Cantor's guitar rocks harder, Frederik Carlquist's sax honks softer.
Joe Temperley/Harry Allen Cocktails for Two [Sackville]
Hits with Brits: the baritonist setting the tone and pace, Allen as ever respectful of his elders.
Alvin Fielder Trio A Measure of Vision [Clean Feed]
With the González clan helping out the 70-year-old master of the "Cecil Taylor–Sunny Murray Dancing Lesson."
Enrico Rava The Words and the Days [ECM]
Wish he played more trombone, especially for Bowie, whom he treats as obliquely as Charles Parker in an earlier Homage.
Wallace Roney Jazz [High Note]
A brothers band like the Adderleys; too bad Antoine doesn't have a nickname to match his flair, like Cannonball did.
Nicki Parrott/Rossano Sportiello People Will Say We're in Love [Arbors]
A charming standards singer who also plays bass, plus a gawky, adoring pianist.
Anthony Braxton Solo Willisau [Intakt]
For Alto redux—35 years to the wiser, no longershocking, but still a contrarian puzzle.
Eric Alexander Temple of Olympic Zeus [High Note]
Archetypal mainstream tenor-sax man aims for the gods, hits hubris. B MINUS
Kurt Elling Nightmoves [Concord]
Awkwardly forcing his voice through vocalese mazes, finally destroying "Body and Soul." C PLUS
Enrico Rava/Stefano Bollani The Third Man [ECM]
Wizened trumpet player and upstart pianist sail past one another, giving us interleaved halves of two solo albums. B