Each month, our arts critics — music, book, theater, dance, and visual arts — fire off a few brief reviews.
The magazine’s jazz critics look back over the past year and highlight their favorites — performances, recordings, and books.
My guess is that Keith Jarrett probably wasn’t satisfied with this performance. I wouldn’t change a note, a gesture, or a shading.
Arts Fuse jazz critics offer their favorite performances from the Bird.
Dave Pietro is a fine, distinctive composer, an agile, precise saxophonist, and a band leader to be trusted.
Yes, purchasing this EP will help out a good cause, but the musical value of this fabulous duo’s performance is priceless.
What strikes this listener most is the writing’s disjointedly distinctive — sometimes unfathomable — sounds and textures, as well as the music’s unpredictable flow.
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!