The Montreal Jazz Festival is overwhelming in a way, but somehow genial, and finally inspiring.
Satoko Fujii and Ramon Lopez are clear-eyed adventurers; this is free jazz that shimmers with inquisitive transparency.
These records are filled with music from some of the most intriguing and, indeed, sought after, jazz musicians playing today.
Once again, drummer Ralph Peterson pays fine homage to Art Blakey’s tradition of joyous, hard-edged bashing jazz.
Vince Mendoza’s colorful arrangements give us a welcome new way to appreciate Fred Hersch’s impressive creativity — his amply satisfying accomplishments as a composer.
Trumpeter Jason Palmer’s mastery is of the unimposing kind, which this piano-less quartet seamlessly reflects.
Rosa Parks: Pure Love is a serious, substantial, and long work, alternately harsh and calming, one that I am sure should be seen as well as heard.
Trumpeter Jason Palmer is a master of rhythmic displacement.
Quite properly, Miles Evans evokes rather than mimics his dad’s arrangements on this excellent disc.
This set is surely one of the finds of the year.