Author Archives: Richard K Haggerty

Esperanza Spaulding – Emily’s D+Evolution (Concord)

Bassist, composer and 4-time Grammy winner’s new project is a jazzy, soulful take on the power trio concept, with guitarist Matthew Stevens and drummer Karriem Riggins.  All original tunes featuring Spaulding singing lead with background singers and synth touches, evoking a cosmic soul version of the Black Rock Coalition channeling Hejira-era Joni Mitchell.  Produced by Bowie’s long-time […]

DETROIT JAZZ CITY BLUE NOTE RECORDS

Compilation album that consists of past jazz legends from Detroit and the surrounding area with the current Detroit jazz elite. Featuring the heavy Joe Henderson and Elvin Jones. Features Sheila Jordan and Kenny Cox and host of other fine performers on this benefit for FOCUS:HOPE, who’s goal is to find solutions for hunger,economic depression,racial issues […]

DR. LONNIE SMITH EVOLUTION BLUE NOTE RECORDS

The Dr. Lonnie continues to defy his age as he returns to the Blue Note label for the first time since the early 1970’s. His playing is loose and full of joy which allows for an open setting  for this fine band.  Interesting line-up has the fleet fingered Jonathan Kreisberg  on guitar, dual trumpets Maurice […]

RAY VEGA & THOMAS MARRIOTT RETURN of the EAST WEST TRUMPET SUMMIT ORIGIN RECORDS

A nice follow-up of the 2010 collaboration that this duo put together for origin. A mix of originals and jazz standards that showcases the subtle interplay between Ray & Thomas. The B-3 organ work of George Colligan and drummer Matt Jorgensen add to the musical color of this presentation. Ray is part of the UVM […]

GREG ABATE & PHIL WOODS KINDRED SPIRITS-LIVE AT CHANS WHALING CITY SOUNDS

Massachusett natives team up on this live date from August 2014. Both saxophonist’s pay tribute to their musical idol, Charlie Parker. Greg attended Berklee College and has been a local fixture in the jazz community. Phil is one of the giants of the alto sax who has worked with a who’s who in the jazz […]

WHITE OUT w/NELS CLINE ACCIDENTAL SKY NORTHERN SKY RECORDS

Guitar,Drums Synth and various other musical landscapes. Dark images are harkened with shades of electronic travels. (dc)

KENNY BURRELL THE ROAD TO LOVE HIGHNOTE RECORDS

The legendary guitarist continues to impress with his soulful and spiritual playing. This is a live date from Catalina’s in Hollywood, Ca from May 2015. A couple of original pieces are included with a few covers and standards. (dc)

TOM COLLIER ACROSS THE BRIDGE ORIGIN RECORDS

A fine musical celebration to the neighborhood and youthful memories of Tom’s town in West Seattle. 9 original compositions that not only showcase Tom’s playing(vibraphone,marimba) but the interplay with his band. Guitarist Larry Coryell is on cut’s (1,3,6.9) and Bill Frisell is featured on (2,5,8). Bassist Dan Dean lived across the steve from Tom. A […]

Bill Frisell – When You Wish Upon A Star (OKeh)

Latest project from legendary guitarist/composer celebrating music from iconic film and television scores with dream team of some of Frisell’s all-star frequent collaborators: drummer Rudy Royston,  violist Evind Kang, bass player Thomas Morgan and vocalist Petra Haden.  Conceived as not merely an homage, but a series of collectively refined interpretations of selections evoking sonic cultural […]

AMIR ELSAFFAR – CRISIS (PI RECORDINGS)

Amir(trumpet/composer leads a focused outfit on 9 ambitious original pieces that paint a dark but promising picture of his Iraqi heritage. Based in NYC, Amir is a mainstay on the PI label. A wonderful program that will have you searching for more.

CYRILLE AIMEE – LET’S GET LOST (MACK AVENUE)

French singer/composer now based in Brooklyn is in great form on her second solo effort. She has a beautiful and elegant voice with touch of innocence that will grab your attention. A fine band with impressive duel guitar work from Adrien Moignard and Michael Valeanu.

LARRY OCHS – THE FICTIVE FIVE (TZADIK)

A long standing veteran in the Creative Music scene who has worked with some of the giants that include Steve Lacy, Wadada Leo Smith and John Zorn just to name a few. Larry(tenor/sopranino sax) is the composer off all tracks which pay homage to the legendary New York Contemporary Five that featured Archie Shepp and […]

CHARLES LLOYD & THE MARVELS – I LONG TO SEE YOU (BLUE NOTE)

Saxophonist/Composer returns to the blue note label with a wonderful band that showcases spiritual joy and beauty from the fast track. Three original cuts are included with a mix of traditional songs and covers of Dylan and Billy Preston, with a nice americana feel. Band features Bill Frisell(guitar) Eric Harland(drums) Willie Nelson on track 7. […]

La Rex – Wild Man (Cuneiform)

Third album by young all-acoustic jazz quintet from Switzerland consisting of alto & tenor saxes, trombone, tuba and drums creating original compositions in, and in response to, specific geographic & cultural sites.  A European take on the American jazz experience.

Sonar – Black Light (Cuneiform)

Third release by Swiss avant-prog minimalist quartet with subtle jazz & contemporary classicist flavor consisting of two guitars, bass & drums on original compositions by guitarist Stephan Thelan.  Kind of like Steve Reich meets King Crimson.

Pixel – Golden Years (Cuneiform)

Third release by four of Norway’s award-winning rising young jazz stars, featuring double bass, trumpet, sax & drums, fusing essentially acoustic jazz with pop/indie rock to create their own improvisational approach to group-penned originals, some with vocals.

Raoul Bjorkenheim’s eCsTaSy – Out of the Blue (Cuneiform)

Second release by Finnish ensemble/quartet eCsTaSy based in Helsinki, led by guitarist/composer/improviser Bjorkenheim, exploring eight of his original, distinctly Nordic, compositions.

Adam Rudolph/ Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra – Turning Toward The Light (Cuneiform)

Debut release of percussionist/composer’s 12 piece all-star, all-guitar improvisational orchestra version of his Go: Organic Orchestra (“an orchestral concept of world music”), featuring Nels Cline, Rez Abassi, etc. advancing Rudolph’s vision of 21st century orchestral possibilities.  Recorded live in studio Winter Solstice 2014.

Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers – #imsoneworleans (Basin Street)

Veteran New Orleans trumpeter/composer/vocalist’s love letter to his hometown featuring his regular gigging band swinging through standards & favorites, including remakes of two tunes Ruffins co-wrote for Rebirth Brass Band (tracks 3 & 6).

Jeff “Tain” Watts – Blue, Vol. 1 (Dark Key Music)

Eclectic modern jazz effort by drummer/composer on eight originals & three covers, ranging from Monk’s “Brilliant Corners” to Radiohead meets Creole vocals on original “Farley Strange,” utilizing various players including harmonica player Gregoire Maret & saxophonist Troy Roberts, and anchored by feisty horn quartet & Tain’s nuanced thunder.

William Parker – For Those Who Are, Still (AUM Fidelity)

Ambitious three cd release by premier jazz bassist, composer & band leader presenting four long-form pieces including his first composition for symphony orchestra & a commissioned piece for the resident ensemble of NYC’s Lower East Side arts collective, The Kitchen.  Music for the living.

Sammy Figueroa – Imaginary World (Savant)

Renowned latin jazz percussionist/band leader Figueroa in control of pace & tempo on eight originals by two long-time collaboraters — bassist Gabriel Vivas & pianist Silvano Monasterios (+ one by Martin Sheller) augmented by horns, drums and occasional guitar.

Kevin Eubanks/ Stanley Jordan – Duets (Mack Avenue)

Esteemed journeymen guitarists team up for laid-back, intimate eclectic session of originals, covers & standards on acoustic & electric instruments.

Keith Jarrett – Creation (ECM)

New kind of solo recording for pianist featuring nine sections from six different performances sequenced as a single work, rather than the usual presentation of a single improvisational performance.  In celebration of his 70th birthday.

Errol Garner – The Complete Concert By The Sea (Columbia/Legacy)

Three cd 60th anniversary edition of one of the biggest selling albums in jazz history, recorded 9/18/55 live in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA by pianist Garner, at the pinnacle of his career, with Eddie Calhoun (bass) & Dezil DeCosta Best (drums).  Cds 1 & 2 present the performance in its entirety with eleven previously unreleased tracks.  Cd […]