Now that ¾ of the Yellowjackets are eligible for Social Security, the emphasis is more on confirming a legacy of creative compositions and expanding their art of arranging with a broader range of colors.
This recording displays a mastery of the techniques of the jazz vocal group genre.
Three recordings that testify to the chameleonic power of the (usually) avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp.
Here is a personal selection of recordings in the saxophone trio format. These linear collaborations have been part of the jazz scene for at least seventy years now. The results are almost always illuminating and exhilarating, and a review of them offers a miniature history of saxophone styles.
New albums from Mary Halvorson and Rich Halley march into fresh realms of freedom.
Nothing detracts from the essentials here – three fine players in creative conversation.
My guess is that Keith Jarrett probably wasn’t satisfied with this performance. I wouldn’t change a note, a gesture, or a shading.
Serious but not somber would be a succinct way to describe this trio’s work as heard on disc and in a powerful recent live performance.
Throughout much of his career, Louis Armstrong negotiated a balance between being a “popular” artist and a jazz artist.
He may be extreme as a polemicist, but Ricky Riccardi shines when he sticks to jazz’s history.