Author Archives: DJ Glovebox

Fourplay – Silver (Heads Up)

Groove driven, electric jazz combo with lots of guitar and smooth sounds. Plus, all the titles have some sort of pun or relationship to the world “Silver.” Clever. Silverado (5) is the funky track.

Houston Person – Something Personal (High Note)

Pleasant jazz standards delivered with a sensitive tenor sax tone. Vibes add a nice textural balance to the recording as well. Great lyrical sense of phrase. Recording/jazz geeks will appreciate this as a Van Gelder recording. RIYL: Standards jazz

David S. Ware / Apogee – Birth of a Being (AUM Fidelity)

First studio recordings of jazz saxophonist David S. Ware with his early group Apogee. Remastered and with new material from the same recording date. Excellent free playing foreshadows all the great music that Ware created afterwards. RIYL: Coltrane and are curious about free jazz, this is a good place to get started.

David Friesen & Glen Moore – Bactrian (Origin)

Two bassists and sometimes piano take on a journey at times ambient/exploratory and others more of a traditional jam of players having a good time. The unwinding piano along with the bass resonance on “Soft as Silk” makes for a great ballad. Caravan with an abstract intro and two bassists and as much textural as it […]

Joey DeFrancesco – Trip Mode (High Note)

Organ-led quartet with plenty of fast noodly guitar work, drum surprise, and understated bass drive. Great angular riff in “Who Shot John” (track 2). Classic blues organ on “Cuz U No” (track 5). Veering into piano lounge with “The Touch of Your Lips” (track 7). The beefy funk that only an organ delivers opens “Traffic Jam” […]

Sanjay Chitale & Sandeep Chowta – American Pilgrimage (Universal Classics)

Synth, soprano sax, Indian rhythms and vocals, in a cross of fusion, world, and dance. The music is vibrant, with eclectic textures, and a clear presence of the human voice. Guest artists on this album include John Scofield, Lincoln Goines, Bunny Brunel, Jimmy Haslip, and others. Truly the creation of a Bollywood composer’s (Sandeep Chowta) desire to record […]

Brad Mehldau – 10 Years Solo Live (Nonesuch)

Material culled from 10 years of live performances. Clear sound, steady pulse, and a conscious approach to the tone of piano music–the attack of each note and dynamics matched to create a mood of contemplation. Phrasing throughout is speech-like and natural leading to a cascade of rhythm and tone. Of special note for our DJ’s: […]

John Wojcieschowski – Focus (Origin Records)

Smooth saxophone lines overlay a steady pulse. Blocks of piano harmony combine with a cymbal wash. Reed and piano melodically unwind through this. John Wojciechowski’s compositions have a clear presence, a weight to them. The two covers, Monk’s “Evidence” and Brubeck’s “In Your Own Sweet Way,” are done with originality and force. The playing throughout is fluid and co-ordinated. Recommended […]

Peter Kogan – Some Monsterful Wonderthing (Koganote)

This album came about due to the 2012 lockout of the Minnesota Orchestra, in which Kogan is a timpanist. Making use of the downtime, he began work on this album of original music for septet. The material contains tight, clear ensemble writing and fluid solos. Pieces vary in their influences from gospel, to samba, to Muddy Waters–making for […]

Chick Corea & Béla Fleck – two (Concord Jazz)

This is a collection of recordings from the tour they did in support of 2007’s Enchantment and features live versions from that album along with material from both the banjo and piano icon’s individual repertoire. The music wanders and explores in a pleasant and harmonic way. While improvisation features heavily, there is also a strong bluegrass […]

Geoff Bradfield Quintet – Our Roots (Origin Records)

The Geoff Bradfield Quintet (tenor sax, trumpet, trombone, upright bass, drum kit) play selections from Clifford Jordan’s tribute to Lead Belly “These Are My Roots” alongside other other rural Southern music and a handful of originals that remain in the same style. The result is rhythmic and soulful; echoing a standards jazz approach. The originals are more open, […]