Tag Archives: Albums

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 […]