Bill Falconer

Bill Falconer

The Word is Out treats us to an electric performance by the Jaco Pastorius Big Band. Like its predecessor, Word of Mouth Revisited, special guests include an …
Stan Getz was a perfectionist. He once described the ideal saxophone player as one who combined his technique, Al Cohn's ideas and Zoot Sims' time. He also said, "All you c…
Dave Frishberg is a sports buff with a severe case of retromania. He longs for the days when "basketballs had laces and halfbacks played safety on defense...and there were …
Director Susie Jones must be proud of her festival-winning bands at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, and justifiably so. The current edition is just back from…
Prestige Profiles: Eric Dolphy was previously released by Fantasy as The Best of Eric Dolphy in a 2004 collection. My 2004 review appears here unchanged. Howe…
Canadian Composers Profiles: Phil Nimmons is the product of the Canadian Music Centre's Centrediscs label. The CMC supports Canadian composers by loaning works an…
This CD is a captivating snapshot of a short period in a lifetime of music, Coleman Hawkins' output for Prestige (1958 to 1962). Hawkins, described by Gunther Schuller as h…
Unit Eleven is a small band with a big sound, based in Italy's South Tyrol region, founded by saxophonist Helga Plankensteiner and pianist/composer Michael Lösch in 2001. W…
The late music critic Henry Pleasants once wrote, "jazz may be thought of as a current that bubbled forth from a spring in the slums of New Orleans to become the main sprin…
Duke Ellington had the hard-earned luxury, and headache, of having his own full-time traveling orchestra as an outlet for his compositions. Although that is impossible in 2…