Bill Falconer

Bill Falconer

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…
Like Gabriel over clouds,Braff and his cornet soar over two string sections- two decades apart. The earlier tracks on this Arbors release , songs associated with Bing Crosb…
This DRG release is a tribute album on many levels. To Duke ,obviously ; to Strayhorn - inseparable from Duke; to the lyricists - Carol Sloane is grown-up enough to appreci…
This is more Michael than Maynard , so don't expect a lot of Maynard flying high above Big Bop Nouveau. The little/big BBN -which always sounded big - was augmented to actu…
If you have a copy of the original recording you probably assume it contains the actual sounds of the Newport concert. Wrong! Most of it was put together in the studio. "Wh…
This was a Ray Brown week at the club in November of 1988 and he invited a couple of old friends over for a rare live appearance together. They are not just very tall .They…