Bill Falconer

Bill Falconer

Jazz involves both challenge and collaboration. Both qualities are magnified when a duo setting involves masters of the same instrument - Zoot Sims and Al Cohn on tenor, So…
Together the crystal-like tones of the vibes, the lighter-than-air sound of the guitar and the rich colors of the acoustic bass make an appealing combination. For two years…
Norman Granz believed in social justice, great jazz, and wasn't adverse to material success. He founded Jazz at the Philharmonic and developed Verve Records. He sold Verve …
Like so much, it began with Bird. He wanted to record with strings. First, Neal Hefti's "Repetition" in 1949. Then those wonderful "Bird with Strings" albums of standards. …
A band often reflects its leader's character. Consider the Goodman orchestra's buttoned-down swing, the laid-back Basie band, and the flamboyance of many of the Kenton ense…
This CD is hot! Not surprising. This group hails from Sweden, a country where jazz education is supported and jazz players welcomed, whether visitors or expatriates. (The d…
Boston-based Sai Ghose is an intriguing pianist/ composer. As a pianist, he is as rhythmic as they come. He has great hand independence. Plenty of power with the left and a…
Vikki True's new album, her fifth, will have listeners shaking their heads. Some will shake them rapidly signifying "too far out." And then there's that very slow shake acc…
It was June 1968. Some two years earlier Thad Jones, the Basie trumpeter, and Mel Lewis, noted for his drumming with Kenton, had formed an all-star band to play a regular M…
History is often thought of as a chronological study of events; jazz history as a review of styles and musicians from ragtime to avant- garde. That doesn't have to be. It's…