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Catching Up With Modern Jazz, Part Two

A quick roundup of some notable jazz releases, from your friendly neighborhood jazz novitiate who nonetheless knows what he likes… Toots Thielemans – Yesterday & Today (Universal Music) My first – and for many years only – exposure to the Belgian harmonica player’s music was his work on Billy Joel‘s kinda cheesy “Leave a Tender

Album Review: Bill Evans – Live at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate

The music of Bill Evans (and The Bill Evans Trio) is perhaps not the best place for a novitiate to begin exploring jazz. Evans’ approaches to phrasing and melody are not rooted in traditions that will feel familiar to fans of rock, blues, soul, country, gospel or pop music. With regard to phrasing, the late

Album Review: Concord’s Latest “Definitive” Collections

Concord is at it again, but this time with a bit of a twist. Drawing upon the increasingly deep catalogs under their control, the label has compiled several entries in the Definitive series. The work of artists for labels now associated with Concord have been collected to showcased with an aim toward providing comprehensive introductions

Album Review: Cannonball Adderley with Bill Evans – Know What I Mean?

As I’ve confessed elsewhere on this blog, by most reasonable standards I’m a jazz newbie. Yes, I did buy Weather Report’s Heavy Weather LP when I was in high school. And it’s true that in my early college days I was the recipient of some handed-down Chick Corea jazz improvisation LP (though at the time

CD Review: Bill Evans Trio – Waltz for Debby

I’m not a jazz aficionado, but I know what I like. And the 2010 Concord reissue of Bill Evans Trio’s Waltz For Debby, this I like. Recorded live at the Village Vanguard in NYC in summer 1961, it’s an easy vibe to like. Evans’ effortless but stunningly expressive piano is accompanied by Paul Motian’s drums