Happy 2015 folks. Even though the new year is already a few days old there’s already more than a few excellent releases to look forward to in 2015. I’m particularly stoked about the live album from Jack DeJohnette/Roscoe Mitchell/Henry Threadgill/Muhal Richard Abrams/Larry Gray that is coming out on ECM shortly. But I’m getting ahead of […]Read More Last Batch of Favorites of 2014 & Thoughts on the NPR Poll
Ok folks, a couple more of my favorite albums from the last year (and as always, the whole list can be found here)…. Peter Brendler, Outside the Line (Posi-tone) – What a sizzling, fun, and adventurous date. Bassist Brendler, joined by the unbeatable front line of tenor saxist Rich Perry and trumpeter Peter Evans, and […]Read More More Favorites of 2014: Peter Brendler and Captain Black Big Band
Well, it’s that time again – the yearly “best of” lists have started appearing, and yearly readers and critics polls have either come out or are immanent. I’ve been working on putting together a list of my favorite albums of the year for quite some time, and I’ve got a few more to add to […]Read More More Favorite Albums of 2014
A few weeks ago a former professor of mine shared an article on Facebook from the Village Voice that listed the Ten Jazz Albums to Hear Before You Die. Usually it seems like the “ten whatevers you need to do/visit/read/listen before you die” lists are things that people probably haven’t done, are not likely to […]Read More My Top Ten Bucket-List Jazz Albums
It’s been quite a while since I dropped a Wacky LP of the Day on you all, but as soon as I remember I owned the following, I felt like I had to share. Dig this little beauty….. I bought this amazingly awful record as soon as I saw the amazing cover. It didn’t hurt […]Read More Expose Yourself to Johnny Janot….Or Not
In the Fall 2014 issue of Jazziz I came across this piece on saxophonist Mindi Abair: “Sax Education.” Ugh, as a saxophonist I’ve been hearing the sex/sax pun since I was about 10 years old. And let me tell you, it never gets old. Wait, that’s not true, it got old about 10th grade. Unless […]Read More Enough with the Sex/Sax Puns and More!
Among the many different products celebrating Blue Note’s 75th Anniversary (or perhaps capitalizing upon is a better way to put it) is the Astell & Kern Blue Note 75th Anniversary Package. When I got the press release I was curious, so I clicked on the link and here’s what the package includes: -75 Blue Note […]Read More Get Hip! Fast: Astell&Kern Blue Note 75th Anniversary Package