All in all, this album a pretty easy recommendation for those who like Al Di Meola and/or the Beatles.
The Lynne Arriale trio offers the kind of mutual responsiveness that only the best small groups attain.
The master alto saxophonist Richie Cole died on May 2 at age 72. The cause of death has not been announced, so it’s unknown for now if it was related to COVID-19.
Play The Way You Feel is the best volume around on the uneasy relationship between film and jazz.
The songs by Milton Nascimento and Chico Buarque re-imagined on Rio Minas are not necessarily their best known, but all of the performances on this album eloquently testify to saxophonist Jean-Pierre Zanella’s love of Brazil and its people.
It amazed me that Lee Konitz in his nineties could still find his way through a maze of changes, chorus after chorus, and at the same time be capable of weaving a beautiful, unscripted melody while producing a sound so wide, one could crawl into it.
What strikes this listener most is the writing’s disjointedly distinctive — sometimes unfathomable — sounds and textures, as well as the music’s unpredictable flow.
Renowned singer and actress Annie Ross is urgently in need of financial assistance to pay for home care during this pandemic.
Singer Leslie Beukelman has a lot going for her, including her time, the quality of her voice, her control of improvisation, and her capacity to reach deeply into a ballad.
Lee Konitz was, with Sonny Rollins, one of the last of his great generation of jazz men still swinging hard.