This fine documentary of a highly respected elder bassist presents a clear, focused picture of a man who is also a jazz musician.
Descriptions of Anna Webber’s music might make it seem intimidating. It is not — her compositions are stirring, amusing, and delightful, particularly in the shell games they play with variety and coherence.
To hear this performance properly. you must do a bit more work than you might do ordinarily . . . but great art deserves such work.
Each month, our arts critics — music, book, theater, dance, and visual arts — fire off a few brief reviews.
Dedicated to experimentation and creative collaboration, Promises delivers an otherworldly, dreamlike experience.
New discs from James Brandon Lewis and Vijay Iyer merit serious attention from admirers of improvised music.
“I don’t work the system anymore, except as a last resort: I aim instead to bypass it. The better I have gotten at circumventing gatekeepers, the more successful my writing career has been.”
Nothing that guitarist Pat Metheny had done previously hinted at this sprawling 1981 masterpiece.
This is one of the best traditional big band records you’ll hear this year, or maybe this decade.
Two albums, from a late master and a newbie, are notable additions to the current wave of introspective solo piano excursions.