Mark Keresman

Mark Keresman

When folks talk "trios," it usually means "piano trio" (jazz; keys/bass/drums) or "power trio" (rock; guitar/bass/drums). In the 30s & 40s, a piano trio often meant pian…
What is it about the Midwest anyway? It’s supposed to be conservative and it sure can be, but like with any "repressive" setting, it engenders wild creativity. Doppler S…
The term "fusion" has come to (loosely) define many things over the years. Jazz fused with rock, funk, whatever (Weather Report, Yellowjackets), slickly produced easygoi…
I’m not sure how to pronounce it either, but this fellow Eyal Maoz is, to employ hackneyed critical phraseology, a talent to watch. Maoz is Israeli-born, New York City-r…
O Fusion! Where Art Thou? Or: What hath Corea wrought? I can’t try to be "funny" anymore - this platter by Speed of Sound done went and put the kibosh o…
You think YOU’VE got the blues? Listen to this collection and feel better almost immediately, for a number of reasons. First and foremost, this disc is a fairly wide-ran…
I know next to nothing about bassist/composer Gregg August, "and that’s.... OK," so I have no preconceived notions about his music. After several listens, …
There are sessions that "sound like" iconic Blue Note and Prestige sessions, while others are like them. Pianist Ezra Weiss’ Persephone clearly belongs i…
As of this writing, Chico Hamilton - drummer, composer, bandleader - is still going strong. As of this writer, Mr. H is one of the most underrated jazz …
Whether Medeski, Martin & Wood inspired a whole bunch of performers and bands, whether MM&W’s popularity (and that of jam bands) opened the doors of opportunity, or it’s…