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posted a review of Terry Gibbs - Terry Gibbs Plays The Duke. 5 months ago
Vibes / Accordion is an odd front line. Great material, rendered antiseptically. These guys came straight from a wedding gig to record this disc. What a waste of Leroy Vinnegar's legendary time.
posted a review of Anthony Braxton - 23 Standards (Quartet) 2003. 5 months ago
Anthony Braxton and 3 white dudes play Europe in early and late 2003.

Take your pick. Typical tune runs 10 to 15 minutes, you always get the melody, played straight for about a minute, Braxton goes for 5 minutes or so, variously on alto, soprano and... See full review
posted a review of Erroll Garner - The Most Happy Piano. 6 months ago
My impressions. Lively acoustics on both dates, sounds like the same room. Is it Erroll growling along to the music? Swings like crazy. He's a versatile player, I wish he would broaden his style. Such facility. It's all up tempo. Well duh, check the... See full review
posted a review of Erroll Garner - Solitaire. 6 months ago
An album of long and ornately embroidered solos. I'm gonna go out on a limb and lay money, on short odds, that this style will never regain its popularity. It has no lasting influence is what I'm suggesting. Before anyone gets their knickers in a... See full review
posted a review of Duke Ellington - At The Alhambra. 6 months ago
Play track 2 if you've got 9 minutes for a deep dive into the classics. If you've only got half that time, skip to the start of 'Creole Love Call' at 4:20. What is Duke getting up to, at 5:37?

Next, be transfixed by 'Tenderly', track 4. Genius... See full review
posted a review of Sidney Bechet - The Fabulous Sidney Bechet. 6 months ago
Recommendation: Fans of classic jazz played in reasonably high fidelity should listen to the second session first, tracks 10-15.

This is a tale of two sessions. Both well recorded, same instrumentation, lots of solos - but different players and... See full review
posted a review of Gil Scott-Heron - Reflections. 6 months ago
If you're a fan of his political raps, skip right to "B" Movie, and follow that up with Inner City Blues. The rest is jazz funk, emphasis on the funk.
posted a review of Prince Lasha & Sonny Simmons - Firebirds. 6 months ago
I don't give 5 stars, often. If you give 'Full Moon Fever' 5 stars then what's 'Led Zep II'? 'Firebirds' is 5 stars. It's 2 high horns + vibes, all bright tones no doubt, but balanced by Buster Williams and Charles Moffett. In 39 minutes they take you... See full review
posted a review of Denny Zeitlin - Slick Rock. 6 months ago
Denny Zeitlin - Slick Rock

Recommendation: Listen to suite first, it's the last 4 tracks. Then listen to the standards.

For fans of modern jazz piano what is there not to like? Some of the standards are quite bent, usually for the better. Most of... See full review
posted a review of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Take Me Back To Tulsa. 6 months ago
Is it too obvious to say that fans of western swing will enjoy 109 tracks from the genre's founder?

As a jazz fan I was surprised by the jazzy-ness of the first disc. Someone's been listening to Fats Waller, perhaps too closely, not to say that Fats... See full review
posted a review of Teddy Wilson - Stompin' At The Savoy. 6 months ago
These solos, trios and clarinet/vibes quintets are a fine introduction to small group swing.

Teddy played with a slightly more illustrious quintet 30 years earlier - Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, John Kirby, Buddy Schutz - swing royalty, if you... See full review
posted a review of Eberhard Weber - Encore. 6 months ago
These are flugelhorn duets where Weber's electric double bass and keyboards dominate. I'm never sure if I'm hearing synth or arco bass, such is Weber's mastery. 'Edinburgh' has an uncredited percussionist or two. Is that melodica or accordion on... See full review
posted a review of Ernie Watts - Reaching Up. 6 months ago
Competent hard bop dominated by a hyperactive Jack DeJohnette. That's only 9 words, the minimum is 10, that's why I added this sentence.
posted a review of Bobby Watson (2) / Bobby Watson & Horizon - Present Tense. 6 months ago
Bobby Watson's looking upward to the camera, alto in hand, let me repeat, the most expressive horn in jazz. This album will be worth hearing if only for that sweet sound.

As I've come to expect, Bobby stripes it 350 yards straight down the middle of... See full review
posted a review of Ralph Towner - City Of Eyes. 6 months ago
Towner records some mild tracks with a 2-horn quintet, guitar trio and guitar/bass duet. It's only 31 minutes, so a couple years later he pads it with four brief solos and calls it an album.

Uneventful, like a less-adventurous Oregon album, well... See full review
posted a review of Wadada Leo Smith - Luminous Axis (Caravans Of Winter And Summer). 6 months ago
My impression. You're in the deep dark forest. It's nighttime. Strange creatures are whistling, buzzing, chirping, thumping, vibrating and occasionally cacophonating all around you. Overlaid and often in counterpoint to this sometimes frightening... See full review
posted a review of Jimmy Smith - Stay Loose. 6 months ago
Recommended for lovers of highly polished soul jazz and Jimmy's unique vocal style.

On the 4 shorter numbers he's backed by an all star big band, tightly arranged by Tom McIntosh. These numbers are anything but 'loose' and Jimmy gets all the solo... See full review
posted a review of Yusef Lateef - The African-American Epic Suite For Quintet And Orchestra. 6 months ago
The jazz interludes on this album are fine examples of the woodsy, rhythmic, exotic jazz that we love to hear from Yusef. But they are just that - interludes. Great stretches of this music are not jazz. You have to sift through tons of symphonic... See full review