Bill Falconer

Bill Falconer

This is muted bebop and I like it. Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and the other originators were uncompromising rebels who radically changed the harmonic structure of jazz…
Imagination: a gift to improvisors. "Here's That Rainy Day": one of the loveliest ballads ever written. "Darn That Dream": another delight. "Come Fly With Me." Check out th…
A massive stroke felled Ralph Sutton in December 2001, ending a musical career that started when a small boy in Missouri first heard Fats Waller on the radio. He was one of…
Check out that roster! You can't get much more "all-star" than that. The Dizzy Gilespie All-Star Big Band is well-suited to continue the Gillespie legacy. One example: Jame…
Mulgrew Miller is the complete jazz pianist. He combines full command of the piano's orchestral possibilities with an intuitive sense of musical adventure. Live at the Kenn…
Bob Brookmeyer, master of the valve trombone, was an arranger at 14. Influenced by 20th century classical music and such jazz giants as Eddie Sauter, Gil Evans, and George …
Every now and then I happen upon a CD by a player with a strong local reputation, who deserves to be heard more, and heard of more, in the rest of the world. This is one of…
I heard a lot of the legendary J.Geils Band in the seventies. My teenage son was a fan. Never would have guessed that by 2006 Jay Geils would be co-leader and producer on a…
The first time I heard pianist Daniela Schaechter perform was on the Katja Endemann Quartet's 2004 release, Black Box, and I was impressed. Her solos were innovative…
Trumpeter/composer Randy Sandke's The Subway Ballet takes us, and a young dancer with her mother, from downtown to Harlem. At forty-five minutes or so with interes…