Category Archives: Jazz Times

A Before & After Listening Session with Raul Midón (from JazzTimes, Dec. 2018)


Raul Midón (photo: Samuel Prather)

For the December 2018 issue of JazzTimes, I had the enjoyable task of creating a “Before & After” playlist for the multi-talented singer/guitarist/songwriter Raul Midón. Raul and I listened together in a Manhattan recording studio, and he gave me his impressions of the music before and after I identified artists and albums (he guessed the majority of artists pretty quickly). The article at JazzTimes.com includes a Spotify playlist, so you can listen along with us as you read his comments. Raul just earned his second Grammy nomination for his latest album, If You Really Want, a soulful collaboration with arranger/composer Vince Mendoza and the Metropole Orkest, the Dutch jazz orchestra.

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Catching Up With Russell Malone

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Russell Malone shares wisdom from his 30-year career as a jazz guitarist in this piece I did for Jazz Times.

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My 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2015 (Jazz Times)

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Here’s a list of my favorite jazz CDs of 2015, as published in Jazz Times.

New Releases:
1. Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern(RPM/Columbia)
2. Maria Schneider Orchestra, The Thompson Fields (ArtistShare)
3. Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet, Intents and Purposes (Enja)
4. London, Meader, Pramuk & Ross, The Royal Bopsters Project (Motéma)
5. Aaron Diehl, Space Time Continuum (Mack Avenue)
6. Dave Stryker, Messin’ With Mister T (Strikezone)
7. Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bird Calls (ACT)
8. Cécile McLorin Salvant, For One to Love (Mack Avenue)
9. Nilson Matta, East Side Rio Drive (Krian)
10. Luciana Souza, Speaking In Tongues (Sunnyside)

Historical:
1. Tony Bennett/Bill Evans, The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings(Fantasy)
2. Wes Montgomery, In the Beginning (Resonance)
3. Miles Davis, At Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 (Columbia Legacy)

Honorable mentions: Karrin Allyson, Many a New Day: Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein (Motéma); Chris Dingman, The Subliminal and the Sublime (Inner Arts Initiative), Chris McNulty, Eternal (Palmetto); Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Cuba: The Conversation Continues(Motéma); Robert Glasper, Covered (Blue Note); Jonathan Kreisberg, Wave Upon Wave (New For Now); Duduka da Fonseca Trio, Jive Samba (Zoho)… and I may add some others as they occur to me.

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Jonathan Kreisberg – “The Underdog” (Jazz Times)

Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg has slowly amassed an international following, especially in Europe, where he frequently plays packed clubs and jazz festivals. Highly rated by his peers and critics—seven previous albums have earned rave reviews—Kreisberg has mostly flown under the radar. “I realized long ago that I was never going to be a ‘golden child,’” he says. “I’m quite comfortable with the ‘underdog’ moniker. I think I like it.”  My profile of him in the June 2015 Jazz Times.

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Hot Jazz and Swing is Still a Thing in the 21st Century

Review: The New York Hot Jazz Festival

Clarinet master Evan Christopher flew in from New Orleans to participate in the 3rd Annual NY Hot Jazz Festival. (Photo by Alan Nahigian for Jazz Times)

There’s a revival of hot jazz and swing from the 20s and 30s going on in New York, where a 14-hour marathon of vintage music at the historic Players Club in Gramercy Park was sold out two weeks in advance. My report in Jazz Times.

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Luciana Souza and Romero Lubambo at NYC’s Jazz Standard – my review in Jazz Times

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Luciana Souza & Romero Lubambo (photo: Atael Weissman)

RT @jazztimes: Luciana Souza and Romero Lubambo at NYC’s Jazz Standard – my review in Jazz Times http://t.co/vtHYR0b4

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