Artist: Olivier Manchon
Title: Orchestre de Chambre Miniature, Vol. 1
Terry’s Comments: A classical string quartet with guest soloists added (sax, harmonica, piano). Beautifully lyrical music, wonderful.
Artist: New York Art Quartet
Title: Old Stuff
Terry’s Comments: This is early (1965) free jazz. From the promoter: “The New York Art Quartet was a band that left the scene too soon. Active for barely a year and a half, the group made just two records—both prized by generations of listeners ever since. Co-leaders John Tchicai (alto sax) and Roswell Rudd (trombone), considered to be the first free-jazz trombonist, had met a year or so earlier, working with Bill Dixon and others to expand the reaches of jazz.” …
Artist: Ahmad Jamal
Title: A Quiet Time
Terry’s Comments: He’s back! During a 60-year career, Jamal has influenced Miles Davis, scores of pianists, and many other jazz musicians. And just listen—he’s still exploring and growing!
Artist: Marc Pompe
Terry’s Comments: Pompe is a fine jazz vocalist in the Jon Hendricks tradition. And the band gives him great support on this set of jazz standards.
Artist: VW Brothers
Terry’s Comments: Two talented players take full advantage of the electronics without sacrificing their taste or creativity. Jazz for the 21st century.
Artist: John Blake, Jr.
Title: Motherless Child
Terry’s Comments: Modern vocal arrangements of African-American spirituals featuring the Howard University Choir, violinist Blake, pianist Mulgrew Miller and more. An exciting recording.
Artist: Orrin Evans
Title: Faith in Action
Terry’s Comments: One hears yesterday, today and tomorrow in this music—most of it composed by Bobby Watson—played by a contemporary, hard-swinging piano trio
Artist: Sherman Irby Quartet
Title: Live at the Otto Club
Terry’s Comments: Irby is a fine alto saxophonist with strong credentials. This live performance in Naples, Italy, connects him and drummer Darrell Green with two very good Italian players for a varied and always hard-swinging set.
Artist: Claudio Roditi
Terry’s Comments: Roditi brings his beautiful tone and fluid phrasing on trumpets and flugelhorn to this set of very appealing originals—mostly but not all Latin jazz.
Artist: Joey DeFrancesco
Label: High Note
Terry’s Comments: A live performance by the organist with his original trio, a modern version of the classic organ trio, yet soulful and funky as ever.
Artist: Various Artists
Title: Generation Django
Terry’s Comments: Music in the manner of the great Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhart by players of today (e.g. Birelli Lagrene) and yesterday (e.g. Stephane Grapelli). A real treat!
Artist: John Ellis & Double-Wide
Title: Puppet Mischief
Terry’s Comments: Fun, updated New Orleans-style jazz. The instrumentation alone makes this one worth hearing. (Sousaphone???)
Artist: Charles Apicella & Iron City
Label: CArlo Records
Terry’s Comments: Organ/guitar trio with add-ons—still funky. A good listen.
Artist: Jeffrey Leppart & the Hip Notists
Title: They Still Live in the Music of My Thoughts
Terry’s Comments: Good singing group and instrumentalists celebrating jazz and its giants. A nice experience.
Artist: Queen Esther
Title: What Is Love
Label: EL Recordings
Terry’s Comments: This singer is intense (not to mention her intonation problem). Mostly originals, some standards.
Artist: Dave LeMieux and House of Soul
Title: Jazz Shaped/Live at the Soiled Dove
Label: Jazz, funk, soul, vocals, spiritual—it’s quite a mix. And LeMieux (tenor sax) can play!
Artist: Kristine Mills
Terry’s Comments: Pretty good singer doing her own songs in the Brazilian style with good players.
Title: The Dark
Terry’s Comments: The trio composition is piano/sax/trumpet, the music abstract and explorative.
Artist: George Cotsirilos Trio
Title: Past Present
Terry’s Comments: Good, capable guitar trio with a mixed repertoire of standards and originals.
Artist: Liam Sillery
Terry’s Comments: Trumpeter Sillery leads a classic quintet configuration in a contemporary, exploratory foray.
Artist: Bob Sneider & Paul Hoffman
Title: Serve and Volley
Label: A piano (Hoffman)/guitar(Sneider) duo performance with engaging interplay and lyricism.
Terry’s Comments: A simple instrumentation (guitar trio) playing an original repertoire well.
Title: Zebu Nation
Title: Classic Appalachian Blues
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Artist: John Scofield
Title: Piety Street
Comments: Jazz guitarist John Scofield joins Meters Bassist George Porter, Jr and other great New Orleans musicians in a lively Blues Gospel session that features both standards and original numbers
Artist: Groove Armada
Title: Black Light
Label: Om Records
Title: The World Needs You
Artist: Matthew Good
Label: Get Music
Artist: Andy Elwell
Title: No One You will ever Know
Artist: Mark Growden
Title: Saint Judas
Label: Porto Franco
Artist: The Ruby Suns
Title: Fight Softly
Label: Sub Pop
Artist: David Byrne
Title Grown Backwards
Artist: Twin Tigers
Title: Gray Waves
Label: Old Flame
Title: Boom EP
Label: Hear Music
Artist: Dinosaur Feathers
Title: Fantasy Memorial
Label: Self Release
Artist: Univers Zero
Title: Ghost Surveillance