John Doll

John Doll

Bop fireworks are popping and brilliant colors are flashing in streaks across the sky in Baltimore. Prestige has captured a live 1973 date of Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt at…
Sphinx is a Norwegian band that demands attention. The photos on their album, "The Riddle of Undisputed Truth," are alarming. It shows the faces of the band members are sli…
Sphinx is a Norwegian band that demands attention. The photos on their album, "The Riddle of Undisputed Truth," are alarming. It shows the faces of the band members are sli…
The second track of the Chico Hamilton’s latest recording, "thoughts of.... " sets the tone for the rest of the album. ‘Angel Eyes’ starts with bandleader Chico Hamilton le…
At first, Jean Pierre Zanella’s Montreal-based band on the "Mother Tree" album emerges as merely a very competent ensemble. They are a tight-knit group, but the sound on th…
Bud Powell performed some of the most amazing jazz piano work ever. At his best, no one could reach his technical and improvisational skills.
For the uninitiated, "…
Formed by tenor saxophonist Michael De Nola and pianist Gabriel Jodorkovsky in 1997, the Hudson Jazz Ensemble derives its name from sessions in a Hudson Street loft in Manh…
Joshua Redman’s latest is certainly easy listening. The mood is laid back. The groove is light; it doesn’t dig deep. The lack of bite is so smooth it teeters dangerously on…
There is a lopsided myth that academics know the music but can’t create it very well. They can comprehend the architecture of the composition; they can theorize why histori…
This Ellington concert of October 29, 1958 at the Alhambra Theater has a joyous quality. After hitting the doldrums of the early 1950s, Ellington’s band was revived in 1956…