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  • Adam Cruz

    published December 29, 2009

    He's a way strong drummer, and every time I catch him, I jot a note to self: "Find out more about Cruz." One thing's for sure, crisp polyrhythms... More >>

  • 'Wallace Roney: The Legacy Continues'

    published December 29, 2009

    Each of the trumpeter's keening solos is a declaration, and though the ghost of Miles still haunts him to a degree, the depth of his chops and the... More >>

  • Thomas Morgan & Dan Weiss Duo

    published December 29, 2009

    Rapport is big in jazz, especially when it comes to rhythm sections. That will be made plain as the bassist and drummer operate by themselves,... More >>

  • Eri Yamamoto Trio

    published December 22, 2009

    Everything, even the flourishes, seems tempered in the pianist's trio. But rather than muting the emotions at hand, it gives the music a sort of... More >>

  • Los Totopos

    published December 22, 2009

    Tim Berne's latest aggregation features a chatty drummer who makes like melody man and a percussive pianist who can throw down some beats. That... More >>

  • Marcus Roberts Trio

    published December 22, 2009

    It's all about fluidity and groove. The pianist has more than a little Ahmad Jamal in him, and that sense of melodic derring-do gives him the... More >>

  • Greg Osby 5

    published December 15, 2009

    The saxophonist's art is based on turning something skittish into something sublime, and the further he refines that process, the more he... More >>

  • Lee Konitz & Mark Turner Quartet

    published December 15, 2009

    If idiosyncrasy is on your holiday wish-list, this intergenerational sax pairing should fulfill nicely. The veteran alto master often leaps in... More >>

  • Donny McCaslin Group

    published December 15, 2009

    Dude gets house every time he puts the reed to his lip, and last year's trio date reiterated the depth of both his stamina and ideas. But the... More >>

  • Tony Malaby's Double Heart

    published December 8, 2009

    The saxophonist is the epitome of a fanciful freebopper, steadily launching new groups to suit his imaginative muse. This three-night stretch... More >>

  • Dave Douglas Quintet

    published December 8, 2009

    On the recent A Single Sky, the trumpeter lets it rip in front of a big band, and his proclamation on "Blockbuster" reminds just how wily a... More >>

  • Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet

    published December 8, 2009

    There's something imperial about the way the 83-year-old pianist addresses his instrument, like all those keys are his loyal subjects willing to... More >>

  • Steven Bernstein’s Millennium Territory Orchestra

    published December 1, 2009

    Romping is their forte, and regardless of the fact that they're often essaying ancient artifacts ("It's Tight, Jim" and "Paducah," say), the... More >>

  • Childsplay

    published December 1, 2009

    This gaggle of string virtuosos unites symphony violinists, Scottish fiddle stars and a swarm of New England adepts for a euphonious wail through... More >>

  • Gilad Hekselman Quartet

    published December 1, 2009

    The young Israeli guitarist with the burgeoning rep works the fluid side of the street; his runs continuously spill into one another, and their... More >>

  • Matthew Shipp & William Parker Duo

    published December 1, 2009

    The pianist digs deep, often bringing a molten motion to his work—it's thick with ideas. Even though there are plenty of skittish passages on... More >>

  • John McNeil & Bill McHenry Quartet

    published November 24, 2009

    I'm pro puckishness when it comes to the way jazz musicians choose tunes and bend infrastructures. A mix of wit and glee is fetching—one... More >>

  • New Jazz Composers Octet

    published November 24, 2009

    Trumpeter David Weiss once wrote a piece for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, so why not pen a suite for all the rest of us banished from the... More >>

  • Todd Sickafoose's Tiny Resistors

    published November 24, 2009

    Somehow the bassist has no trouble aligning prog-rock design and jazz disposition. On last year's Cryptogramophone opus and its subsequent gigs,... More >>

  • Ellery Eskelin Quartet

    published November 17, 2009

    Whether blowing tart and tempestuous or earthy and inviting, the tenor saxophonist has a sound that demands an emotional response from his... More >>

  • Mark Helias Trio

    published November 17, 2009

    Jazz trios gain lots of ground when they increase their pliability, and bassist Helias has forged a career that gives his music plenty of elbow... More >>

  • Maria Schneider Orchestra

    published November 17, 2009

    Big bands are having a heyday right now, and the imaginative composer's large ensemble is regularly cited as a prime prototype. That doesn't mean... More >>

  • Juan-Carlos Formell & Johnny's Dream Club

    published November 17, 2009

    Late '40s Havana meets the cradle of jazz on Johnny's Dream Club, Juan-Carlos Formell's dreamy and rhapsodic, yet subtly sizzling, new... More >>

  • The Marcus Strickland Group

    published November 10, 2009

    The saxophonist shared the Jazz Gallery stage with Myron Walden a month or so ago, and he tore shit up. Great knots of sound, breezy lines... More >>

  • Christian McBride

    published November 10, 2009

    The new Kind of Brown works a simple premise: A string of riff tunes, a few cool vamps, lots of groove. It's radio friendly and rather... More >>

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