That this assemblage works so well is a tribute to the big ears and hearts — and collective intelligence — of all the players here.
Peggy Lee’s career took her far from the bifurcated sexual image expected of a canary — 40% coy seductiveness and 60% “I just want to settle down but will entertain you until the right guy comes along.”
Thanks to Octave and Mack Avenue Records, a significant section of pianist Erroll Garner’s storied career is back, sounding better than ever before.
Adventurous jazz is not always as much fun to listen to as it is on Hero Trio, a stellar meeting of compositions, arrangements, and astute performances propelled by real passion.
The exhilarating power of live music in a small club blazed forth whenever the momentum built loud and hard toward a stirring transition.
There’s much to admire in If There Are Mountains, modulated pathos as well as subtle joys.
The advantage of localism enjoyed by a club down the block disappears in cyberspace.
This is virtuosity-driven chamber music with fluctuating levels of oxygen, shadows, and light.
The precision and inventiveness of Angular Blues more than meets our high expectations for this terrific trio.
Decades on, Matthew Shipp and Whit Dickey have grown into mature models of how to keep the faith when following an idiosyncratic muse.