Category Archives: Jazz

(June 8, 2018): Benjamin Herman featuring Daniel von Piekartz – Curaçao

From the 2014 album, Trouble.  Herman’s cover of Cal Tjader’s 1966 standard.  Covering a range of keys, von Piekartz is excellent. A live performance captured on July 13th at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Curaçao is the best island in … Continue reading

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(October 10, 2016): Gil Evans – Thoroughbred

From the 1971 album, Gil Evans.  Now many musicians launch a first album eponymously, but this was not Evans’s first album. Evans released his first LP in 1957 and had released at least six prior solo albums. It could explain … Continue reading

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(July 23, 2017): Sean Jones – Prof

From the 2017 album, Live From Jazz at the Bistro.  The seven tracks on this LP were recorded in early December 2015 in St. Louis at Jazz at the Bistro. Three tracks  feature a quartet Jones brought together sometime back: … Continue reading

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(June 17, 2017): Bob James – Angels (Theme from “Taxi”)

From the 1978 album, Touchdown.  I saw a story in the NYT earlier this month about the new Tappen Zee bridge and was reminded of James’ old label named for the old bridge.  This tune is a bit of nostalgia … Continue reading

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First Listen: DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski & Scofield, ‘Hudson’

http://www.npr.org/2017/06/01/530600463/first-listen-dejohnette-grenadier-medeski-scofield-hudson

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(May 6, 2017): Bill Frisell – Baba Drame

From the 2003 album, The Intercontinentals. A Boubacar Traoré composition with his Mali percussionist compatriot, Sidiki Camara, on vocals. The LP was the first for the Frisell’s occasional sextet.

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(May 1, 2017): Abbe Lane (with Tito Puento & His Orchestra) – Whatever Lola Wants

From the 1957 album, Be Mine Tonight.  I remember Abbe Lane more for her cameos in TV shows of my youth (Flying Nun, Brady Bunch, Hart to Hart, etc) than singing easy listening samba.  I do remember this one, though. … Continue reading

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