As serious a musician as he is, and as virtuosic as he can be, the naturally extroverted Christian McBride knows how to entertain, a talent generously evident in this live performance.
The presence of veteran drummer Jack DeJohnette ties together two new releases.
I find Visions of Your Other exciting. It is beautifully recorded: these are four musicians who care about their sound.
One of pianist Edward Simon’s strengths is his ability to be simultaneously romantic and clear-headed, precise and suggestive.
The range of Kurt Elling’s repertoire is astonishing and his program at Jimmy’s was commensurately ambitious.
Jane Ira Bloom responded to her pandemic isolation with a CD of duets with bassist Mark Helias and a CD of duets with drummer Allison Miller. These two sessions are unique projects in her discography and beautiful testaments to her ingenuity.
I spoke with Jane Ira Bloom on September 21, 2021 via Zoom. This transcript has been edited for space and ellipses have been omitted for readability. Some paraphrases and details are added for clarity.
Even if this is a commercial confection, it’s worth taking seriously because it is very likely to be Tony Bennett’s final album.
This seven-song, hour-long release, drawn from three nights at the fabled 1369 Club, is, in a word, sensational.
Guitarist Mary Halvorson and pianist Sylvie Courvoisier share a remarkable rapport on this duet album.