Autor: Dan McClenaghan

Possibilites: Get 'Em

The saxophone/bass/drums grouping–at one time a rarity–seems to be undergoing a renewal of sorts. Drummer m: Rudy Royston offered up a fine example of the genre with Rise Of Orion (Greenleaf Music, 2016). Saxophonist m: JD Allen dove deep into the blues on Americana (Savant… Source: Album …

Bram Weijters and Chad McCullough: Feather

Three terrific studio CDs–quartet outings, all–have come from the teaming of trumpeter m: Chad McCullough and keyboardist m: Bram Weijters: Imaginary Sketches (2011); Urban Nightingale, (2012); and Abstract Quantities (2015), all on Origin Records. Theirs is an always engag… Source: Album Reviews

The Bill Evans Trio: On A Monday Evening

m: Bill Evans, one of the most influential of jazz pianists, died in 1981. He left a legacy. The brilliant shine of his artistry gained widespread recognition in 1959 with his contribution to Miles Davis classic Kind Of Blue (Columbia Records, 1959), and surged into stellar territory with… …

Marc Copland: Better By Far

Marc Copland got his start in jazz in New York City as a sometimes plugged-in alto saxophonist, working with drummer Chico Hamilton’s Quartet, and releasing an overlooked album, Friends (Oblivion Records, 1973) featuring his own quartet. Then he went away, and came back as a pianist, and has …

Rein Godefroy Trio: It Will Come

Dutch pianist m: Rein Godefroy enters the crowded and talent-filled arena of the jazz piano trio with It Will Come. The music–on a first listen–seems to fit in the the European aesthetic of this form of musical expression with the opener, the disc’s title tune, a gently laid …

Kelly Moran: Bloodroot

It seems that pianist m: Kelly Moran‘s approach to crafting her artistry requires a trip to Home Depot, for the purchase of a variety of screws and bolts. An observer of this purchase might assume an imminent assembly of a back yard patio set, but in reality, these …

Jason Rigby: Detroit-Cleveland Trio: One

The saxophone/bass/drums format has its challenge: the lack of a harmonic instrument to add depth and structure to the sound. m: Sonny Rollins put out a classic of the form: A Night At The Village Vanguard (Blue Note, 1958). But he’s Sonny Rollins, and all the other saxophonist …

MEM3: Circles

The modernistic piano trio, MEM3, draws influences from the innovative e.s.t. (Esbjorn Svensson Trio) and the Bad Plus, as well as the legendary drummer Peter Erskine’s trio recordings. Circles, MEM3’s second outing, puts them in the league with those higher profile groups as they craft an understat…  …