John Doll

John Doll

On paper, "Serengeti" has a diverse source of compositions penned by Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Stanley Turrentine as well as pieces from Cuban musicians, T…
If you ask a jazz musician what the music is about, they'll typically respond that one just needs to listen and draw their own conclusions. That can leave some listeners in…
Film Noir has had a momentous impact on the North by Northwest Quartet. The liner notes of their latest CD state that "each composition attempts to create a mood in which t…
A diminutive pianist handicapped by an obscure bone disease, Michel Petrucciani played and composed some of the best music in the 1980s and 1990s. The music is lyrical, rom…
Grace is aptly entitled. This series of piano/bass duets are eloquent and refined. Their sound feels like a tumbling mountain stream with stones polished smooth lying on th…
Matisse once wrote that "both harmonies and dissonances of color can produce very pleasurable effects." He might have referred to modern music as well as modern art. There …
The post-war period precipitated radical changes in how jazz was performed. The popular swing big bands began to wither and bebop started to emerge like wild weeds from the…
Bobby Vince Paunetto & The Commit to Memory Band looks great on paper. The titles of the pieces are intriguing: ‘Jazz for the Silent Majority,’ ‘Dirt Cheap Meets Dirt,’ ‘Si…
The John Adams Quartet conjures up an image of a four-volume biography of an American President or perhaps a new minimalist string quartet from a contemporary composer. The…
A Modern Jazz Symposium of Music and Poetry is a classic recording that should not be overlooked. It was originally released in 1957 between the absolut…