For the most part, Randy Weston reached behind the boppers, drawing for inspiration on a solo stride tradition which he adapted to his own needs.
This fascinating documentary should be compelling to guitarists and to jazz fans in general.
Newvelle Records’ taste seems to be flawless.
The venerable trombonist’s fine new album mostly contains ballads and features an all-star rhythm section.
This disc is mainly a showcase for guitarist Nels Cline’s compositions as well as his cleverness at commanding group improvisation.
Every guitarist should listen carefully to this album. And then maybe some Johnny Smith.
Ronnie Cuber makes the high-speed acceleration sound lyrical as well as virtuosic; the band obliges with solos that come off as much more than your standard bop band running the changes.
Miguel Zenón’s extraordinary writing for strings and saxophone makes use of ever-changing textures generated out of jazz, Puerto Rican folk, and classical music.
You might argue that this session was forgotten, but this new release shouldn’t be thought of as lost — because no one was looking for it
Nightconcert contains enough that is new and fresh to make this album one of the exciting discoveries of the year.