• Alex Hoffman: Dark Lights

    Alex Hoffman: Dark Lights

    As the liner notes point out, tenor saxophonist Alex Hoffman is a perfect fit for the hard-swinging, no-nonsense style of modern jazz that Smalls Records has been presenting over the past eight years. If I ...
  • Davy Graham: Folks, Blues and Beyond

    Davy Graham: Folks, Blues and Beyond

    There’s almost nothing in the music of Pentangle, Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, or any of the members of those groups that wasn’t directly inspired by one larger-than-life guitarist named Davy Graham. As the young man ...
  • Bill Evans: Live at Art D’Lugoff’s

    Bill Evans: Live at Art D’Lugoff’s

    Earlier this year Resonance released a previously unheard collection by Wes Montgomery, which this reviewer noted might be the “rediscovered” jazz record of the year. This new Bill Evans release may provide the strongest competition. ...
  • Dave Douglas: Magic Triangle & Leap of Fath

    Dave Douglas: Magic Triangle & Leap of Fath

    Trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas has just re-released two of his best early records, the entire output of a short-lived quartet that included tenor saxophonist Chris Potter, bassist James Genus, and drummer Ben Perowsky. Both records featured ...
  • Steve Lacy: The Sun and Avignon and After

    Steve Lacy: The Sun and Avignon and After

    The UK-based Emanem label has gathered recordings from 1969-74 by soprano saxophonist supreme Steve Lacy, from various group and solo sessions, on two well organized CDs of exceedingly generous length (74 and 79 minutes). Some ...
  • Milt Jackson Sextet: Invitation

    Milt Jackson Sextet: Invitation

    Once in while, an audiophile reissue can make the listener realize that what seemed like a good, solid record is better than that. If I had been asked to evaluate Invitation before hearing this release, ...
  • Julius Hemphill: Dogon A. D.

    Julius Hemphill: Dogon A. D.

    Alto saxophonist/flutist Julius Hemphill moved to St. Louis from Texas in 1968, and immediately threw himself into the very active creative music scene there. Nothing he would produce later had the raw power of his ...

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