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  • Jim Hall Quartet

    published November 10, 2009

    For almost a decade, we've known about the sizable simpatico between revered guitarist Hall and his occasional saxophone foil, Greg Osby.... More >>

  • Bruce Barth

    published November 3, 2009

    What began as a string of solo ruminations on his Left Coast childhood has turned into a septet-driven song cycle about sundowns and ghost towns... More >>

  • Vijay Iyer Trio

    published November 3, 2009

    Just because the titillating Historicity is largely a covers disc doesn't mean the pianist has taken his eye off the ball writing-wise. It... More >>

  • Gretchen Parlato

    published November 3, 2009

    Don't fall for her because she won the Monk Vocal Competition—that's just resumè stuff. Swoon because she's turned the promise of such... More >>

  • Jerome Sabbagh Trio

    published October 27, 2009

    There was a mid-summer flush of saxophone trio records this year, but somehow the tenor player's enchanting One, Two, Three didn't receive... More >>

  • Ben Goldberg

    published October 27, 2009

    The San Francisco clarinetist's work has seemed more thoughtful than playful, but the tunes and trajectory on the new Go Home prove two... More >>

  • Tom Harrell Quintet

    published October 27, 2009

    He once had an overly earnest vibe that occasionally nudged me away from the trumpeter's work. But in the past few years, Harrell's loosened some... More >>

  • Marty Ehrlich Rites Quartet

    published October 20, 2009

    The esteemed reed player knows about the fine points of building a band, and the inclusion of Erik Friedlander's swinging cello gives this small... More >>

  • Joshua Redman Trio

    published October 20, 2009

    He spent the summer touring the globe with a double trio—yep, two bassists and two drummers—and at the gigs I caught, his keening horn... More >>

  • Will Holshouser, Han Bennink & Michael Moore

    published October 20, 2009

    Holshouser's squeezebox action knows many trajectories. A chamber meditation here, a cartoon ditty there—walking myriad paths simultaneously... More >>

  • Harris Eisenstadt

    published October 20, 2009

    Ideas can come at any time, and the drummer's new After an Outdoor Bath was germinated in a post-soak glow. With vibraphone, sax, and... More >>

  • Joe Morris Quartet+Mario Pavone Quartet

    published October 13, 2009

    CT invades the LES! The guitarist and bassist cross interstate lines for a double bill that will prove just how lyrical leftie jazz can be. Morris... More >>

  • Ben Allison Band

    published October 13, 2009

    There has been something kaleidoscopic about the bassist's tunes and the bands that play them. Motifs and melodies often came and went with... More >>

  • 'Brooklyn Big Band Bonanza'

    published October 13, 2009

    You've read the trend pieces: A handful of ensembles are currently bent on rerouting the orthodox persona of big bands. What this really means is... More >>

  • Dafnis Prieto's Si O Si Quartet

    published October 6, 2009

    Virtuosity can be a villain. Sometimes you want to yell "shut the fuck up" when a performer is continuously showing off their technical chops. But... More >>

  • Evan Parker & John Zorn

    published October 6, 2009

    Swirling and slicing sound without a scrap of prepared material is a dangerous game—tedium lurks in the bushes for those instrumentalists... More >>

  • Linda Oh Trio

    published October 6, 2009

    The all-points attack that the young bassist’s trio makes on the material comprising the new *Entry* is cagey indeed. Sometimes drummer Obed... More >>

  • 'Festival of New Trumpet Salutes Bobby Bradford'

    published September 29, 2009

    Brass buffs know Bradford's wily lines, but because the 75-year-old bandleader and educator spent his career on the West Coast (telling album... More >>

  • The ELM Three

    published September 29, 2009

    Some of the most vibrant jazz is created from the ground up—any unit with a killer rhythm section has a distinct advantage over the... More >>

  • 'James P. Johnson's Last Rent Party!'

    published September 29, 2009

    The Harlem stride piano master lays in an unmarked grave in Maspeth, and his most dedicated followers—academics and musicians... More >>

  • Matt Wilson Quartet

    published September 22, 2009

    The drummer has always threaded a bit of silliness into his fiery free bop, so don't be surprised when you come across that YouTube clip of him... More >>

  • KID STUFF

    published September 22, 2009

    He's pushing 80, but it's a youthful lilt that leaps from Ornette Coleman's saxophone. Forget the egghead innovations of his harmolodic... More >>

  • 'Coltrane Revisited'

    published September 22, 2009

    Mostly Coltrane, pianist Steve Kuhn's recent nod to his ex-employer's sublime book, manages to glisten with spirit while throwing some... More >>

  • 'New Languages Festival'

    published September 22, 2009

    It is a heroic venture to provide forums for all the intrepid new souls making dents on the jazz scene. The first week of this engaging annual... More >>

  • Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings

    published September 15, 2009

    Whether he's making cinematic soundscapes for snippets of his sister's surrealistic novel, or bringing a heavenly tone to such earthy fare as... More >>

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