A performance by the Yellowjackets – purveyors of progressive jazz for nearly three decades – is an experience that has as much to do with sight as it does with sound. Any given performance on any given night by this seasoned quartet brings with it a degree of spontaneity and expression – on an individual as well as collective level – that can be best appreciated by seeing these four highly skilled musicians in front of a live audience.
New Morning: The Paris Concert is a new DVD that takes… Continue reading
The title of Nick Colionne’s highly anticipated KOCH Records debut says it all about the charismatic Chicago-based guitarist’s rich, sizzling mix of jazz, R&B, funk, blues and seductive vocals. In his hard-grooving, supremely soulful world where he’s always, to quote the title of his hit 2006 album, Keepin’ It Cool, there are truly No Limits.
“I went into the project with the mindset of doing a record that was more diverse than any I have done previously.” Colionne says. “I like to call No Limits an adventure because I wanted… Continue reading
Chick Corea & Origin / Various Artists Originations (Stretch Records 2000) by Paula Edelstein
Chick Corea Presents: ORIGINATIONS is a clear indication of the depth and breadth of the talent represented in his highly acclaimed ensemble Origin, as well as the superior individual outgrowth from its artistic essence. Released on Stretch Records, this collection of 11 previously released songs recorded by Chick Corea & Origin, the Avishai Cohen Sextet, the Steve Wilson Quintet, the Steve Davis Quartet, and the Tim Garland Group is an excellent addition to any jazz collection because it provides such great samples of the originality… Continue reading
Perpetual Emotion Flora Purim (Narada – 2001) by Phyllis A. Lodge
Perpetual Emotion, Brazilian vocalist Flora Purim’s “Narada jazz debut”, transports us through a gallery of emotion in sound. Her vocalise charms catch our ear and leaves one tingling behind each flawlessly articulated number which includes compositions by Jobim, McCoy Tyner, Kurt Weill, Chick Corea and Ira Gershwin. Ms. Purim’s voice is a finely tuned, perfectly seasoned instrument and this music is a collage of images – abundant and lush. SAN FRANCISCO RIVER is Ms. Purim’s own composition, praising a river’s spirit. There’s a river [in Brazil]… called the San… Continue reading
Possibilities Herbie Hancock (Vector – 2005) by Ray Redmond The master is back! Piano and keyboard legend Herbie Hancock has gethered an unlikely combination of the old and the new to spawn what I can only call a wonderfully unexpected album. This release stretches the definitions of genre and jumps past the generation gap to touch listeners of all ages, and not just jazz listeners. With tracks written by Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Sting, just to name a few, you already get the picture… The roster on this project reads like a cross-genre, cross-generational blueprint; Joss Stone, Annie Lennox,… Continue reading
Ravi Coltrane Live at the Catalina Bar and Grill Saturday, July 8, Hollywood, CA by Eric Podell
Jazz is a life form. It moves, it feels, it touches, it reacts and It responds. And it was when John Coltrane released ‘A Love Supreme” that the world understood jazz as a voice of the soul. It will be a wonderful day when Ravi Coltrane is not only referred to as the son of the great John Coltrane. True, Ravi Coltrane has a shadowing legacy to step into. Several writers have given Ravi album reviews only in comparison to his legendary father.… Continue reading
Lonnie Jordan War Stories (Fantasy – 2007) Staff Ending nearly a 30-year hiatus from the studio, War’s founding member Lonnie Jordan makes his funky return with War Stories. On this release Lonnie breathes new life into some of his most popular songs including “Deliver the Word,” “Don’t Let No One Get You Down,” “The World is a Ghetto,” and “Baby Brother”. Lonnie covers The Stones’ “Paint it Black” and the Jimi Hendrix classic, “Third Stone From The Sun”. When discussing the track Lonnie recalls, “I jammed with Jimi on the last night of his life.” He goes on to… Continue reading
With Every Breath I Take signals the reemergence of a valuable addition to the vocal jazz genre. Though this is Smith’s debut CD, it is not therecording of a freshman artist, rather a long overdue documentation of a seasoned performer who is ready to materialize. With Every Breath I Take is an album of smart stylish renditions from the American Song Book, which transports the listener to a sultry night, coupled with fine wine … perfect for longing or lingering.
Like fine wine, this album shows how time… Continue reading
George Flynn Derus Simples(Southport – 2001) by John Barrett
The philosopher Kenneth Derus uses the term “simples” to denote a basic unit of memory, isolated from other components. A solo piano work dedicated to Derus, this suite works with plain chords, stretching them into themes without changing their simplicity. The chord which opens Part One is bitter, with a rather tense sound; this quickly evolves, in harplike arpeggios. At first rippling upward, the theme is answered by deep slams; both ends of the instrument are explored at once. Part Two is percussive, and balances silence with fast flurries. Moving… Continue reading