Tag Archives: Albums

Album review…Emilio Teubal, “Música Para Un Dragón Dormido” (Brooklyn Jazz Underground, 2013)

Named for the zodiac sign that he and his newborn child share, with his third album, Música Para Un Dragón Dormido (“Music for a Sleeping Dragon”), Emilio Teubal offers an evocative and personal vision for the fusion of Argentinean music and modern jazz. Supported by his long-time trio and some high-powered sidemen, Teubal’s album promises […]

Album review…Aaron Diehl, “The Bespoke Man’s Narrative” (Mack Avenue, 2013)

With a well-balanced album of inventive originals and faithfully executed standards, celebrated young pianist Aaron Diehl debuts with a solidly swinging album on Mack Avenue Records that will appeal to a wide range of listeners. Performed by a remarkably empathetic ensemble, the album champions a classic, historically informed approach to the jazz piano trio that […]

Album review…James Saxsmo Gates, “Gates Wide Open” (804 Jazz, 2013)

Drawing on a long local history of African American music in Richmond, Virginia, and his own history of family music-making and overcoming hardship, newly appointed head of Jazz Studies at Virginia State University James Gates presents Gates Wide Open, an energized and highly personal album ranging across genres and instrumentations, but held together by superior […]

Album review…Stéphane Kerecki, “Sound Architects” (Outnote Records, 2012)

In French bassist and composer Stéphane Kerecki’s latest album, Sound Architects, he presents a profound and unique artistic vision, realized through the leader’s well-crafted, imaginative compositions and enriched by a masterful ensemble whose individual virtuosities are out-matched only by their collective sensitivity, inventiveness, and dynamism. Compelling grooves emerge organically from the group’s improvisatory faculties, while […]

Album review…Antonio Sanchez, “New Life” (CamJazz, 2013)

With New Life drummer Antonio Sanchez confidently presents his artistic vision, characterized by eclectic influences creatively re-imagined through compositional skill and superior musicianship. The album teems with energy, drive, and diversity, executed by a first-rate band whose facility and individuality shine through thanks to the solid foundation of Sanchez’s malleable compositions and organic ensemble direction. New Life. […]

Album Review…Steve Lehman Trio, “Dialect Fluorescent” (Pi Recordings, 2012)

On this album Steve Lehman practices an integrated approach to improvisation in which he places each and every musical element in de/constructive play, imbuing every gesture with the potential to spark new phrases and ideas. The trio’s dialogic interplay creatively explores the interrelationships between groove and melody, all the while layering superimpositions and elaborations on […]

Album review…Jean-Michel Pilc, “Essential” (Motema, 2011)

Sketching out the exhilarating landscapes of his artistic world with remarkable transparency, in his album Essential Jean-Michel Pilc shares the magic of the live performance and the intimacy of the private studio. Full of surprise and joy, Pilc’s masterful pianism is refreshingly unapologetic in its expansiveness and endless imagination. Essential, Motema Records MTM-61, 2011. Personnel: Jean-Michel Pilc, solo piano. Tracks: J & […]

Album review…Pilc/Moutin/Hoenig, “Threedom” (Motema, 2011)

“Behind anything that can be experienced there is some-thing that our minds cannot grasp, whose beauty and subliminity reaches us only indirectly.” Pianist Jean-Michel Pilc begins his portion of the liner notes with this quote by Albert Einstein.  On Threedom, Pilc, along with Ari Hoenig and François Moutin, offer an album of dynamic and engaging reflections […]