Don Byron’s repertoire doesn’t just focus on the bebop era — nor is it self-consciously hip.
The latest big band album from Mark Masters beautifully displays his eclectic tastes and deep knowledge of jazz history.
Tyshawn Sorey flies far from his innovative masters. I hardly expected that the result would be so mesmerizing and alive.
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.