Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson

There are times when you don't need a lot of information about the artists participating on a recording to know exactly how you feel about it. Duets, from two S…
An interesting title, has guitarist Ryan Blotnick's first CD. In his liner notes he basically uses it to answer the age-old question, "If a young, very talented jazz qui…
Sonny Rollins' Freedom Suite was one of the first uses of the LP format to allow a small group to record a long-form composition. The lineup could not be better…
Joe Locke has spent the last two and a half decades providing surefooted, exciting mallet work to every opus to which he lends his name. Speaking of his name, you can fi…
The opening cut, "gNash," informs us of the album’s message: "The squeamish need not apply." A slightly off-kilter beat by Motian and Hebert underpins Kolker’s and Aberc…
Bill Evans’ 1961 trio recordings from the Village Vanguard cast a long shadow in modern jazz. Nearly every piano trio since is spoken of in relation to that groundbreaking …
In a few years, people will probably be looking back on Blind Date as the album that really solidified Loren Stillman's reputation as one of the top jazzmen of …
Composer/bassist Jon Hamar gives an elegiac, thought-provoking look at life now and evermore with his second release, Hereafter. Using two sets of piano/drum acco…
The history of jazz has perhaps moved too quickly. Seemingly coming up with a different stylistic bent every decade or so, we have been forced too quickly to consider re…
On Changing Tide, guitarist / composer Kenny Carr’s third release, he does indeed change tides. His years as sideman for Ray Charles allow him to dip into deep R&…
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