Autor: Jack Bowers

Doug MacDonald: Jazz Marathon 2

For those who thought that guitarist m: Doug MacDonald‘s happy-go-lucky jazz marathon had crossed the finish line with the release more than a year ago of Just for Fun, the good news is that MacDonald and his talented teammates have found their second wind and the marathon continues …

The MUH Trio: Prague After Dark

If experience really is the best teacher, meet three of Europe’s most well-schooled jazz musicians who together make up the recently formed MUH Trio. The “M” is Italian pianist m: Roberto Magris (age fifty-eight), the “U” the sixty-seven-year-old Czech bassist {{m: Frantisek Uhlir = 16288… Source: Album …

Ben Markley Big Band: Clockwise / The Music of Cedar Walton

m: Cedar Walton, whose long and illustrious career ended with his passing in August 2013, was not only one of his era’s most celebrated jazz pianists but a musician whose impressive talents as a composer were often beclouded by his remarkable success as a performer. One of those …

The PsychoAcoustic Orchestra: Fun with Notes

More than two decades ago, pianist / composer / arranger Patrick Kelly’s Cincinnati-based PsychoAcoustic Orchestra recorded two neoteric albums, then quietly disappeared into the fog of time. As it turns out, Kelly explored other options for a while before re-forming the orchestra in 2006. The prese… Source: …

BvR Flamenco Big Band: Luz de Luna

Luz de Luna is the second album by the BvR Flamenco Big Band, which is based in the Netherlands, and not, as might be assumed, in Spain. The band’s Spanish roots are strong, however, as leader m: Bernard van Rossum (hence the name BvR) was born and raised …

The UNL Jazz Orchestra: The Good Life

The UNL in question is the University of Nebraska-Lincoln whose Jazz Orchestra has taken so many emphatic steps forward under director Paul Haar that it deserves to be mentioned in the same breath with such elite programs as North Texas, Miami, Northern Iowa and a host of others. …

Al Muirhead: Northern Adventures

When you’ve been a musician as long as Al Muirhead has, you not only earn many friends in the business, you also recognize who among them can play. For Northern Adventures, Muirhead’s second album as leader of his own group, the eighty-one-year-old Canadian trumpeter assembled a who’s who …

Greg Abate with the Tim Ray Trio: Road to Forever

m: Greg Abate‘s name isn’t often broached when debating the merits of contemporary jazz saxophonists. It should be. While perhaps best known for his work on alto, the Rhode Island-based swinger proves on Road to Forever, recorded with his regular working trio, not only that his talents on… …

Mirko Fait 5tet: Confidences

Here’s more clear evidence courtesy of Italian-born saxophonist m: Mirko Fait‘s quintet that tasteful jazz doesn’t run its course at America’s borders. These are accomplished musicians who know how to swing and can hold their heads high in any company, foreign or domestic. On the other h…  …

Howard Johnson and Gravity: Testimony

Those who see the tuba as a sluggish, unwieldy instrument capable only of rounding out a musical composition in the lower register may have to rethink that appraisal after listening to Testimony, in which multi-instrumentalist and tuba master m: Howard Johnson ushers no less than half a…  …