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One Track Mind: Kellylee Evans, "I Loves You Porgy" (2010)

One Track Mind: Kellylee Evans, "I Loves You Porgy" (2010)

by Nick DeRiso Taking on Nina Simone, a singer of dusky persuasiveness, might be foolhardy enough. Remaking this song, a Top 20 pop hit off Simone’s celebrated 1958 debut Little Girl Blue seemed like the worst idea of all. But Canadian singer Kellylee Evans finds a new light, even if it’s only a small sliver, within this dark tale fromRead More

Tony Bennett and Bill Evans – The Complete Tony Bennett/ Bill Evans Recordings (2009)

Tony Bennett and Bill Evans – The Complete Tony Bennett/ Bill Evans Recordings (2009)

“The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album” remains, for me, one of the three or four most engrossing vocal jazz recordings — along with Sinatra’s Jobim collaboration, Ella performing with Satchmo and Nat “King” Cole’s “After Midnight.” But what made the initial Bennett/Evans project, and its follow up — 1976’s “Together Again” — so special was not just that hearing a big-bandRead More

From The Stacks 2011, Vol. 2: Toots Thielemans, Benjamin Drazen, Brian Landrus, others

Photo from Jos Knaepen/ amsterdamjazzagency.com by S. Victor Aaron When I first started the Stacks series last year, I had two formatting rules about it: each artist was to be allotted one paragraph each and there must be at least six albums examined. I’m bending both rules this time, as only five new releases will get a look, and theRead More

Fred Hersch – Alone At The Vanguard (2011)

Fred Hersch – Alone At The Vanguard (2011)

Photo by Steve J. Sherman by S. Victor Aaron When reviewing Vijay Iyer’s sublime piano-only disc Solo last year, I tossed out my personal maxim that “when a great, small combo jazz pianist makes a solo record, it usually doesn’t signal that pianist’s arrival, it means he’s solidifying his legacy.” Well, Alone at the Vanguard is Fred Hersch’s fourth solo pianoRead More

A Posi-Tone twofer: Tarbaby and Ehud Asherie (2010)

A Posi-Tone twofer: Tarbaby and Ehud Asherie (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron What a stellar year it’s been for Posi-Tone Records. They’ve generated record after record of honest-to-goodness mainstream jazz done with taste, style, with exceptional sidemen and flawless production. After reviewing zero releases prior to 2010, we’ve now given our impressions on a dozen releases, eleven of them 2010 releases. However, Posi-Tone isn’t done yet, and recentlyRead More

Nels Cline – Dirty Baby (2010)

Nels Cline – Dirty Baby (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Recently, Wilco lead guitarist Nels Cline reconvened his scary good Nels Cline Singers and last spring the group released Initiate, an ambitious, 2-CD affair. So what does Cline do next? Why, he follows up today with another 2 CD release that’s pushing the boundaries even further than Initiate. Say hello to Dirty Baby. Dirty Baby isRead More

One Track Mind: Miles Davis with Mike Stern, "Fat Time" (1981)

One Track Mind: Miles Davis with Mike Stern, "Fat Time" (1981)

by S. Victor Aaron Like many of the greatest American musicians, Miles Davis has had a comeback—he’s had four or five of them, actually—but only one where he came back from not playing at all. It was also his least successful one in the short run. The 1975-1981 retirement was a period where Miles watched a lot of TV, andRead More

Marc Copland – Alone (2009)

Marc Copland – Alone (2009)

by Nick DeRiso Marc Copland has this welcoming, inward voice — cerebral but somehow completely accessible, in the way of the most enchanting records by Bill Evans from years back. But as quiet as he can be, it seems that Copland never stops playing. “Alone” is actually the prolific pianist’s third album of 2009 — following the finale of hisRead More

Miroslav Vitous – Remembering Weather Report (2009)

Miroslav Vitous – Remembering Weather Report (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron As one of the seminal jazz-rock bands of the seventies, Weather Report has been plenty celebrated and covered. And yet, most of the recognition covers the 1976-1982 period in which the groundbreaking bassist Jaco Pastorious was in the band. Truth is, WR was a great band for the five-plus years it existed before his arrival, andRead More

Rick Germanson Trio – Off The Cuff (2009)

Rick Germanson Trio – Off The Cuff (2009)

by Pico The term “Milwaukee’s Best” probably doesn’t have the positive connotation that it should, thanks to that being the name of Miller Beer’s economy brand. But when it comes to musicians, there’s plenty from this fine Wisconsin city to be proud of, from Woody Herman and Al Jarreau to Daryl Stuermer and Hubert Sumlin. And that’s not even includingRead More