This is state-of-the art modern jazz, alternately hard swinging, contemplative, commercial, and abstract.
Every piece here seems to play by its own rhythmic rules, and yet nowhere does the music sound academic or formal.
A kaleidoscopic small-band adventure led by one of the world’s great clarinetists, and a superbly-played set by Ben Wendel’s dynamic quintet.
Jazz groups of eight to eleven often make fascinating and unusual music, but they rarely survive.
I’ve never seen Kurt Elling when he wasn’t in fine voice, and this show was no exception.
Like other great artists –- Martha Argerich and Steve Lacy come to mind right away — pianist Kirill Gerstein approaches every note with a sense of how important that note is in relation to every one that has come before and every one that is to come after.
For all the hand-wringing in the media about the death rattle of jazz, what with record stores closing and radio stations losing listeners, Newport reminds you that the art form is alive and well, with a growing audience of people of all ages and races. By Charles McEnerney, Host + Producer, Well-Rounded Radio Both the […]
By J. R. Carroll December is always an exasperating month for jazz fans: The first week is crammed with more events than any human without self-cloning abilities can possibly attend; after that, the major clubs close their doors many evenings in order to host private parties (hey, something has to pay the bills). The upside […]