John Doll

John Doll

It is hit or miss with Benjie Porecki’s latest CD, "The Rest of My Life." Porecki clearly is a talented keyboardist who leaps between organ and piano on this outing. While …
Richard Davis’ curiously titled "Homage to Diversity" is a beautiful and melodious sequence of tunes that are rooted in the blues, bebop, gospel, classical and swing. The d…
In the 1960s, San Francisco’s KQED produced an innovative thirty-minute jazz program hosted by local music critic, Ralph J. Gleason. The "Jazz Casual" shows featured a vari…
In the 1960s, San Francisco Chronicle music critic, Ralph J. Gleason, hosted a thirty minute program entitled "Jazz Casual" for National Educational Television (the precurs…
In a way free jazz can be imagined as the study of chaos and nonlinear mathematics. It can be visualized as a rising column of smoke breaking into wild swirls or a dripping…
Chances are that you have never heard of pianist Herbie Nichols. He was one of the greatest compositional talents in jazz. He was born in 1919 and was a contemporary of Bud…
Paris, 1939. Long shadows of war started to loom over the City of Light as Europe edged toward the brink of terrible darkness. A portal to comprehending those times can be …
Who can pass by album titles such as "Obvious Sexism & the Unfortunate Media", "Short Memory", "No Recollection" and now "Dismiss Television"? David Aaron's sardonic titles…
Eric Alexander and his ensemble produce a very tight knit sound reminiscent of John Coltrane, George Coleman and Joe Henderson in the late 1950s. In many respects, this alb…
Veteran pianist Kenny Barron and virtuoso violinist Regina Carter have collaborated on one of the best albums of 2001. "Freefall" is an immensely enjoyable set of duets tha…