Glenn Astarita

Glenn Astarita

Recorded in 2001, this sprightly tribute to tenor sax great, Dexter Gordon pronounces a rather all-encompassing vibe, thru the viewpoint of drummer Jason Bodlovich. Featuri…
Veteran modern jazz artists, saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc and trumpeter Roy Campbell lend surefire support here. Yet, vibist and African balafon performer Khan Jamal clearly …
Trumpeter/composer Ralph Alessi has steadfastly built a reputation for pursuing the road less traveled. And while the artist institutes lyrically rich themes into his vast …
The modern jazz master from Sardinia, saxophonist Enzo Favata attempts to unveil the sacred mystery of his homeland on this set featuring vocals and Simone Zanchini’s textu…
This set recorded for the Norway based, "Sofa" record label features a multi-national cast of highly respected improvisers. It’s an electro-acoustic brew consisting of elec…
This is a 1997 recording at the French venue known as "Les Instants Chavires," by one of Britain’s fabled free-jazz style trios. On this outing, Evan Parker performs on bot…
This is the reissue of guitarist Fred Frith’s classic 1974 solo outing. And for those who might not be in the loop, the artist has been re-releasing a good portion of his b…
New Englander Julie Hardy uses her voice as a multi-hued instrument while harmonizing with the soloists and poignantly singing verse on this endearing septet endeavor. I…
29.01.2011

2004 Rundown

Published in Jazz Viewpoints

Umphrey’s McGee
Anchor Drops
Umphrey’s McGee

This Chicago area progressive rock unit with the Irish sounding moniker is marked by extremely tight workmanship amid a few lighthearted electro-acoustic numbers. The band even ventures into Country-blues territory when it isn’t exploring complex time signatures and blitzing rock grooves. But what makes this outing work is founded within the artists’ focused line of attack where no two songs sound alike. Yet uncan …

29.01.2011

2004 Rundown

Published in Jazz Viewpoints

Keith Jarrett Gary Peacock Jack DeJohnette The Out-of-Towners
ECM Records

It’s partly about class, élan and supreme technical acumen. Twenty plus years and moving forward, this trio continues to brandish a signature sound, still glittering after all these years.

Pianist Keith Jarrett composed the swinging title track, as the band renders standards with a modern jazz, drenched gait. The pianist’s animated mode of execution is akin to the nuance of a seasoned ja …