This volume is clearly critic Nate Chinen’s resounding response to the “jazz is dead” chant.
The success or failure of this show rests primarily on the physical presence, voice and acting of the actor playing the celebrated lyric tenor Roland Hayes.
Sophisticated Giant paints a convincing picture of an extremely charming, intelligent, resilient, and talented man.
Kelly Green and her trio are essentially mainstream players, but they explore a lot of challenging territory within that framework.
Christopher Hollyday’s Telepathy is a keeper, Chris Pasin’s Ornettiquette is an excellent outing, Jake Ehrenreich’s A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs is uneven, and for some long winter nights Abigail Rockwell’s Autumn Noir might be just the ticket.
In this album, saxophonist Ethan Helm has achieved a very personal balance between highly composed sections and solos rooted in harmony and free playing.
Time For Romance: But Beautiful may qualify — if I can even use the term now — as seduction music.
For most of its history, jazz has been a macho culture. Sexual ambiguity or gay-ness were subjects of derision.
The Window contains an inspired pairing — between singer Cécile McLorin Salvant and pianist-organist Sullivan Fortner.
Arts Fuse Jazz critic Steve Provizer responds to Dale Chapman’s book The Jazz Bubble: Neoclassical Jazz in a Neoliberal Culture.