The trio shares Cecil Taylor’s love of rational freedom and adventure, but it doesn’t try to reproduce the pianist’s rip-roaring intensity.
The magazine’s jazz critics look back over the past year and highlight their favorites — mainly recordings.
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.
Guitarist Mary Halvorson and pianist Sylvie Courvoisier share a remarkable rapport on this duet album.
This session should appeal most to those who love the crashing, intemperate sound of a brass big band.
The Temple University students in this fine big band homage to the late saxophonist/composer Jimmy Heath sound professional — tight and well rehearsed. They are joined by all-stars Joey DeFrancesco and Christian McBride.
A judicious mix of jazz classics, standards, and Corea compositions, Live is a blast.
There’s a pleasing variety in this collection, which serves up valuable music that might not have otherwise been heard.
Each month, our arts critics — music, book, theater, dance, and visual arts — fire off a few brief reviews.
Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp’s duets will draw in and fascinate listeners who are open to intelligent, virtuosic, and intimate improvisations, simultaneously logical and free.