Bill Falconer

Bill Falconer

Mainstream pianist Benny Green,a protege of Oscar Peterson, doesn't try to overwhelm you with pyrotechnics,at least on this CD. However, he does have the chops (or hands!) …
The instrumentation is conventional, but the band sure isn't. With the opener, Frank Reinshagen's arrangement of Wayne Shorter's "Black Nile", Summit proves they can serve …
Mulligan was always there. Boy Wonder. Piano. Bari. Arrangements - Krupa, Elliot Lawrence, Thornhill,Kenton. Miles and "Birth of the Cool." Tentet. Pianoless quartet with C…
There are some historical snapshots here and the players in this pianoless trio do know their jazz history. However this CD isn't about history: it's about synergy and inti…
Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham died of a stroke in 1997, just short of his 92nd birthday, while on an album tour with young lion Nicholas Payton. Doc started on sax in theatre ban…
Each year I look forward with more than usual anticipation to two releases - Robert Parker's latest "Spenser" private eye novel and Sonny Rollins newest CD . Both represent…
Quality jazz is found just about everywhere. It is not the exclusive province of nationally known artists in a few big cities. Musicians wind up in a particular location fo…
The essence of that wonderful Basie Band was simplicity-the Count's light touch, Freddie Green's steady four/four, that relaxed swing and blues sound. Now, simplicity doesn…
It doesn't have to be cutting edge or even cerebral. Sometimes jazz can just be fun and funky. That is what this swinging ode to joy by veteran blues organist Jimmy McGriff…
Once in a while a recording comes along that reminds reviewers that there are times when music should speak for itself. Or at least its creator should speak for it. Such is…