• Gulfstream: American Chamber Music

    Gulfstream: American Chamber Music

    Three superb quartets for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, and the Copland Sextet (adding a violin and viola). Libby Larsen’s Rodeo Queen of Heaven depicts a painting of the Madonna and Child in Western dress; ...
  • Dave Douglas: Three Views

    Dave Douglas: Three Views

    Trumpeter Dave Douglas, who outpaces most of his contemporaries as a prolific bandleader, project developer, and composer, is now at the vanguard of independent music distribution. While hardly the first prominent jazz figure to form ...
  • Chick Corea: Further Explorations

    Chick Corea: Further Explorations

    Celebrating the great pianist Bill Evans last year at New York’s Blue Note nightclub, Chick Corea recruited two former members of the Evans trio—drummer Paul Motian and bassist Eddie Gomez. Those recorded-live performances are now ...
  • Wayne Shorter: The Soothsayer

    Wayne Shorter: The Soothsayer

    Blue Note recorded this terrific Wayne Shorter session in 1965 but delayed its release for 14 long years—go figure. Unlike most Shorter dates from the 60s, Soothsayer breaks the quartet mold with the addition of ...
  • 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, ...
  • Piano Music of Earl Wild

    Piano Music of Earl Wild

    The late Earl Wild, one of America’s greatest pianists, wrote three major pieces based on Gershwin’s music: Grand Fantasy on Porgy and Bess, Improvisation on Someone to Watch over Me, and Seven Virtuoso Etudes. They ...
  • Widor: Piano Concertos, Fantaisie

    Widor: Piano Concertos, Fantaisie

    As with many another in Hyperion’s long-running series of “Romantic Piano Concertos,” this is the first time the two (1876 and 1905) by French composer Charles-Marie Widor have been recorded. And what a joy to ...
  • Keith Jarrett: Rio

    Keith Jarrett: Rio

    Aside from Miles Davis’ 1959 masterpiece, Kind of Blue, Keith Jarrett’s landmark 1975 recording, The Koln Concert, is probably the one album by a jazz artist that most non- jazz fans own. While hardly a ...
  • Weather Report: Heavy Weather

    Weather Report: Heavy Weather

    Where some album titles seem like an afterthought, Heavy Weather and its surreal cover art match the music perfectly. Less groove-oriented and more atmospheric than previous Weather Report records, it sounds like the soundtrack to ...
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa: Samdhi

    Rudresh Mahanthappa: Samdhi

    If the prolific Satoko Fujii had an audience proportionate to her growing critical acclaim, the Japanese composer/ pianist might rival Esperanza Spalding as a popular jazz phenomenon. But Watershed’s prickly textures and dissonances signal that ...

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