• jazz adds, january 18, 2016

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    charles lloyd.   i long to see you.  blue note.  Starring the marvels, who are:  bill frisell on guitar;  reuben rogers, bass;  eric harland,drums;  greg leisz, steel guitar;   reed master lloyd on tenor & alto  +  guests norah jones and willie nelson.  a-list songs include dylan’s master of war, trads.  la llorona, shenandoah, all my trials […]

  • jazz adds march 17, 2015

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    donna lewis.  brand new day.  palmetto.  Guess who is the band?  the bad plus.  and they play softer, and yet with more articulation than any back-up group in recent memory.  because.   they don’t accompany so much as  improvise and detail around the  hushed, minimalist voice of  welsh vocalist  donna lewis.  she, gently, finds the […]

  • jazz adds march 10, 2015

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    marc cary.  rhodes ahead. vol. 2.  motema.  One of my favorites of the young (cary is 48) jazz pianist crowd,  marc cary started in DC and went  to work with betty carter, then  12 years with abbey lincoln, and jumped in with the wu tang clan when needed.  he likes to visit all the foreign […]

  • jazz adds march 2, 2015

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    helen tzatzimakis.   soulfully.  cobalt music.   When sunny gets blue, she/he might turn to this collection of cabaret/torch songs–mostly needing subtitles–from Greek vocalist helen tzatzimakis (sounds like ja-ji-makis).  the award-winning singer cooks her playlist from the mighty of the melancholy:  jacques brel, billie holiday, violetta parra, mikis theodorakis, and marianne faithful.  accompanied by manos […]

  • jazz adds february 9, 2015

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    kenny wheeler.  songs for quintet.  ecm.  Sometimes jazz can seem willfully cerebral but this final act from  composer/ trumpet/flugel master  kenny wheeler (1930-2014) flows  like a stream of clear water.  Recorded in 2013, previewed to mr. wheeler before his death, and released by ecm on january 14, 2015 -wheeler’s  85th birthday, what prevails is wheeler’s […]

  • jazz adds january 6, 2015

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    danny green trio. after the calm.OA2.Raves for San Diego pianist/composer (equally talented) and his working-as-one trio; justin grinnell, two basses & julien cantelm@drums. green plays thunderous, lyrical, intricate but never sweeps away the ensemble-ness of the jazz trio: stylistic high fives to chick, bill, even ethan (iverson). recommending each & every cue, though these guys […]