In this disc dedicated to black heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, Christian McBride insists that everyone must be free if any of us is going to be.
Pianist Kris Davis’s Diatom Ribbons and the multi-disc set Nat King Cole’s Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-43) are among the albums that made more than one list.
The two new Arbors discs are intended to bring Lerner and Loewe back into the jazz mainstream. We will see what happens. But what wonderful music these two groups have produced!
Octave is issuing twelve sessions (“newly restored and expanded”) of Erroll Garner material from the ’60s and ’70s, when the popular pianist was at the height of his career.
Rosa Parks: Pure Love is a serious, substantial, and long work, alternately harsh and calming, one that I am sure should be seen as well as heard.
A pair of our critics supply their favorite albums and live local concerts of the year.
The range of recordings issued this year was remarkable, both in terms of their instrumentation and their artistic inspiration.
Of course, neither saxophonist sounds precisely like Coltrane: there would be no point in trying.
Wondering about what to give the arts and culture lover on your gift list? Some suggestions.
Be prepared for some challenging, off-the-beaten path choices, including a new tradition.