“A Love Supreme, The Complete Masters,” Coltrane’s classic, now in a 3CD expanded release is a revelatory experience

If you only own the original studio release of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme then the 2015 three-disk release “A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters” will be a revelatory experience. Everything changed for Coltrane in 1957 when Coltrane stopped drinking and kicked heroin and from that point forward his career would unfold with a focused … Continue reading “A Love Supreme, The Complete Masters,” Coltrane’s classic, now in a 3CD expanded release is a revelatory experience

Bill Frisell’s Harmony

“The eminent guitarist Bill Frisell improvises in smoky ringlets of melody, drawing the influence of classic jazz guitar into a palette based on early American folk music. He has been a noted bandleader since the 1980s, but has never released an album for Blue Note Records, jazz’s most illustrious label. That will change with “Harmony,” … Continue reading Bill Frisell’s Harmony

Charles Lloyd + Lucinda Williams = jazz + roots = fantastic

In May of this year (2018), Charles Lloyd & The Marvels released their second album Vanished Gardens; this one featuring Lucinda Williams.  In the opinion of this writer, it is simply fantastic. However, be forewarned, Vanished Gardens is genre-bending music and if you are looking for a strictly jazz record from Lloyd this is not it.  But there is … Continue reading Charles Lloyd + Lucinda Williams = jazz + roots = fantastic

Van Morrison : You’re Driving Me Crazy

You’re Driving Me Crazy is the third album Van Morrison has released since September of 2017, when he delivered the hard-charging blues of Roll With the Punches. In December, he put out Versatile, an amiable collection grounded by standards that found him moving toward jazz. Morrison’s newest release delves even deeper into the genre, pairing the 1960s legend with jazz … Continue reading Van Morrison : You’re Driving Me Crazy

Nothing Ever Was, Anyway: Music of Annette Peacock

Nothing Ever Was, Anyway: Music of Annette Peacock is an album by pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist Gary Peacock, and drummer Paul Motian recorded in 1996 and released on the ECM label. Annette Peacock (born 1941) is an American composer, singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, and musician. She is a pioneer in electronic music who combined her voice with one of the first Moog synthesizers … Continue reading Nothing Ever Was, Anyway: Music of Annette Peacock

The Ornette Coleman Trio with David Izenzon, bass, and Charles Moffett, drums

The Ornette Coleman Trio, with Ornette Coleman (alto saxophone, violin, trumpet), David Izenzon (double bass) and Charles Moffett (drums), was the second working group that Coleman put together after the ensemble of his Atlantic years and with whom he recorded more than one album. The most famous release is a live date called, At the … Continue reading The Ornette Coleman Trio with David Izenzon, bass, and Charles Moffett, drums

Paul Motian : Trios and more

Paul Motian (March 25, 1931 – November 22, 2011) was an American jazz drummer, percussionist, and composer. Motian played an important role in freeing jazz drummers from strict time-keeping duties. He first came to prominence in the late 1950s in the piano trio of Bill Evans, and later was a regular in pianist Keith Jarrett's … Continue reading Paul Motian : Trios and more