The vitality of funk music connected to the traditions of New Orleans second line music is hard to resist. Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, led by saxophonist Ken Field, brings this exciting, easily danceable groove into focus on the new effort, Live Snakes (Accurate 2014). It's the third album from this ensemble of musicians with a changing cast, but rock solid second line groove.
In the not too distant past we have had the pleasure of hearing previously unreleased live recordings from artists such as Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery and Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane. Now comes an album from guitarist Pat Martino's personal collection recorded during the waning days of the “chitlin' circuit” at Club 118 in Louisville, KY. The tracks are culled from different appearances at the club during 1968 and 1969 although the program sounds cohesive, as if it were a one night engagement.
Every now and then you slip a disc into the CD player and immediately become engaged in a thrilling experience. Such is the case with alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo's new album “Threshold”. Firmly ensconced in the post-bop idiom, this smoking quintet session is full of captivating delights for the listener.
Legendary Chicago Drummer & Bandleader Kahil El'Zabar continues to add fine recordings to an already impressive discography of discs firmly in the jazz avant-garde but rooted in straight-ahead jazz. Zabar's latest effort with his longstanding Ritual Trio band, Follow The Sun, continues in that direction.
Here's a release that is going to write it's own review, a session so inspired and intuitively right-there that it all bubbles to the surface propelled by the buoyant trombone sound of Steve Davis. This quintet session is Davis's seventeenth album as leader and a gem among a steady succession of strong recordings.
Creativity, innovation, and artistry help define the rich body of work that cornetist Rob Mazurek has released. Mazurek's relentless exploration of the frontiers of jazz in recent years has put him at the forefront of adventuresome music. In a career spanning over 25 years, Mazurek has written nearly 200 original compositions. His latest work may be his most ambitious yet. Mazurek has returned with his Exploding Star Electro Acoustic Ensemble on one of the most profound discs in recent memory, The Space Between(Delmark Records).
Shauli Einav is a saxophonist from Israel based in New York. His new cd, Generations, captures him and his band burning brightly on a varied program of jazz standards and two original tunes from Einav. The sound harkens back to the Blue Note sessions of the 1960's and if you didn't know this was a new album, you might think you were listening to some long lost Blue Note bop session from the vault.
Miles Davis Quintet/Live In Europe 1969/Columbia/Legacy Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Electro Acoustic Ensemble / The Space Between / Delmark Dr. Lonnie Smith / In The Beginning Volumes 1 & 2 / Pilgrimage Etienne Charles / Creole Soul /Independent Release Nicole Mitchell's Ice Crystals/Aquarius/Delmark Jeremy Pelt / Water and Earth / High Note Gretchen Parlato / Live In NYC / ObliqSound Frank Rosaly / Cicada Music / Delmark Corey Christiansen / Lone Prairie / Origin Records Dave Holland / Prism / Dare 2 Records
Janis Siegel - Nightsongs: A Late Night Interlude-Palmetto Records Brian Lynch- Unsung Heroes Volume 2 – Hollistic Music Works Kathy Kosins- The Space Between-Resonance Records David Weiss-Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter-Motema Steve Turre- Bones of Art- High Note Andy Bey- World According to Andy Bey-High Note Kenny Garrett -Pushing The World Away- Mack Avenue Giacomo Gates- Miles Tones- Savant Ted Nash Big Band- Chakra- Plastic Sax Records Gregory Porter-Liquid Spirit- Blue Note
Yes, it's that time of year when we take a fond look back at some of the delightful releases of the year and attempt to whittle so many worthy contenders to a dozen, because only ten was just too difficult. Come to think of it, twelve is kind of tough – so here's our baker's dozen at the Jazz Junction:
Jim Alfredson's Dirty Fingers – A Tribute to Big John Patton – Big O Records – Nothing like good meat and potatoes Hammond organ music and here's an outing that encompasses the thrill and energy of the genre in this savory dedication to organist Big John Patton.