Edward Kane

Edward Kane

Ned Otter is a powerful, relatively young tenor saxophonist that heads his own record label, Two and Four Recording Company. The label has just released "So Little Time," which marks Ned’s album as a bandleader after years of playing behind such legends as George Coleman, Dizzy Gillespie, Red Rodney and Clark Terry. And it is quite an impressive band that he leads on this date: the rhythm section consists of Harold Mabern on piano, Billy Higgins on drums and Daniel Vitale on bass. Otter is joine …
Russell Malone has been turning the heads of jazz lovers for over a decade with his versatile guitar playing. Frequently named in lists and polls of players deserving wider recognition, he may finally get his due with his new Verve release Heartstrings, his sixth as a bandleader. The recording notably features the guitarist performing in front of both gorgeous string sections and a stellar rhythm section featuring Kenny Baron on piano, Christian McBride on bass and Jeff "Tain" Watts on dr …

It was the week before Christmas when Mike Stern came to Hollywood; the occasion was a five-night engagement at Catalina Bar and Grill, and for the area's countless guitar enthusiasts it was as if the holiday arrived early. Supporting his star packed current release Who Let the Cats Out on Heads Up, the electric guitarist led a streamlined but commensurately stellar quartet featuring saxophonist Bob Franceschini, bassist Victor Wooten and drummer Dennis Chambers.

The Long Beach Jazz Festival, always a highlight of Southern California's summer music calendar, convened for the 19th time over the weekend of August 18th. For three days, the ocean adjacent Rainbow Lagoon park was taken over by thousands of jazz fans who were treated to a diverse line up of artists. While the festival is mainly on smooth jazz and R&B, participants and highlights came from all across the spectrum of jazz. These included a funky and f

Donald Fagen released his first solo album The Nightfly a full twenty-five years ago in 1981, but it was not until this year and the release of Morph the Cat, his third disc sans Walter Becker and Steely Dan, that the once road-shy keyboardist and singer took to the road on his own for a full tour of the U.S. and Canada. Addressing the assembled fans at the Donald Fagen Band's stop at L.A.'s historic Wiltern Theatre Fagen promised a set mixing songs from his solo career, some cover
You can call a live performance many things: a gig, date, show, or what you will. But Alice Coltrane's recent concert at UCLA's Royce Hall, her first U.S. public appearance in three decades? Now, that was than an event. Mrs. Coltrane, playing piano, organ, and synthesizer, led a stellar quartet featuring son Ravi on tenor and soprano saxophone, the legendary Reggie Workman on bass and drummer Trevor Lawrence. Providing ample support on

The concert pairing of the Wayne Shorter Quartet and the Los Angeles Philharmonic was an inspired match, amounting to a summit between two of the leading ensembles in their respective musical fields. Shorter is one of the most accomplished saxophonists in history, and his current quartet (rounded out by drummer Brian Blade, bassist John Patitucci, and pianist Danilo Perez) has established itself as one of this century's leading jazz units. The Philharmonic is another longstanding

The concept of the Supergroup experienced its rise and fall in rock music somewhere between the end of the flower-power sixties and the post-punk eighties. In jazz, however, the proposition seems as viable and prevalent as ever, with the star-laden groups of Wayne Shorter and Keith Jarrett coming to mind as recent and highly visible examples of this trend. Another entrant, a good deal less-hyped but no less worthy, is the stellar trio of Ahmad Jamal, Idris Muhammad and James Cammack; their ni

29.01.2011

A Sure Bet

Published in Concert Reviews
It was another night just like every other in Las Vegas, with the casinos and bars full of desperate gamblers looking for that sure thing. Well, there was one difference; though most of the city's gaming rooms were filled with players fruitlessly throwing good money after bad in that hapless quest, the jazz fans that filled the Railhead Saloon in the Boulder Station hotel had better luck indeed, drawing the talented singer, pianist and raconteur Diane Schuur. Black may come up when you are betti

George Benson is one of the most successful performers in contemporary jazz, a fine singer and exceptional guitarist. In over forty years of professional playing, Benson has enjoyed all but unprecedented popular success for such an accomplished jazz performer. So much so that seeing him live in person and hearing him play his hits, you can't help but be impressed by just how many of them there are.

Opening for Benson at the Long Beach Terrace Theatre was local legend Al Will