Bill Charlap Trio – Notes From New York – Impulse! B0024830-02, 54:02 ****: The epitome of an elegant, intelligent, mainstream pianist. (Bill Charlap – piano; Peter Washington – bass; Kenny Washington – drums) Whitney Balliett (now deceased) writing for The New Yorker on April 19,1999 said this of Bill Charlap (then 32) as he was […]
Major Change at Universal Music Group – The parent company of the classical and jazz labels DGG, Decca Records and Classics, Mercury Classics and distributed label ECM, has, according to a May 19 announcement, “deepened [its] commitment to jazz and classical music [and the] company’s unwavering commitment to building on its rich history in both […]
Kenny Barron Trio – Book Of Intuition – Impulse! B0024648-02, 58.23 ****: A master class in taste, swing, and imagination. (Kenny Barron – piano; Kiyoshi Kitagawa – doublebass; Johnathan Blake – drums) Kenny Barron is one of those pianists who is “beyond category” as it relates to taste, swing, and imagination, along with the likes […]
Snarky Puppy & The Metropole Orkest – Compositions of Michael League/ Ork. cond. by Jules Buckley – Impulse!/Universal Classics
An amazing fusion band, together with an orchestra in quite a production – aurally and visually.
A very special previously-unreleased recording for John Coltrane fans.
Coltrane completists, rejoice…..
The best of Oliver Nelson’s compositions and arranging.
Channeling Coltrane through Charlie Mariano…
Mellow early McCoy Tyner now in SACD’s impeccable sound.
Spice with your favorite condiment.
The nocturnal, living room/studio ambiance of Rudy Van Gelder’s original recording is not overshadowed by digital conversion.
SACD reissue of this jazz pioneer is brilliant.
Freddie Hubbard – The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard – Impulse/ Analogue Productions CIPJ 27 SA /Universal Music SACD
Early Freddie Hubbard with audiophile acoustics.
Standards Sonny side up…
An early “concept” album for Shelly Manne…
John Coltrane – Coltrane, Live At The Village Vanguard – Impulse Records/ ORG Ltd. Edition audiophile 45 rpm (2 discs)
A sophisticated re-mastering of the vintage 1961 live recording is dazzling.
Haynes brought some new tricks to his highly expressive jazz drumming, including a more prominent use of the cymbals.
This is one of the most essential modern jazz recordings, right up there in Kind of Blue territory.
The clarity of the two-channel SACD clearly places each player with air around them.
There’s more variety of approach in these eight tracks than one typically gets in a Basie Big Band session.
It’s been too long ago that we published our last vinyl reviews, and we have a stack of ten of them to cover this issue. This undeniably high-resolution format (when done correctly) has been finding new fans at a goodly pace and in fact (though I feel it somewhat embarrassing to reveal) has been outpacing […]