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Review: Joshua Redman's Compass

Redman's previous CD, 2007's Back East , was front-loaded with high-concept expectations.
By: JON GARELICK  |  January 12, 2009


True voices

Becca Stevens and Laszlo Gardony
When I first checked out Travis Sullivan's Björkestra live, it wasn't to see the singer. But live, the Björkestra (at the Regattabar last October) turned my expectations upside down.
By: JON GARELICK  |  January 12, 2009


Review: Gilfema + 2

ObliqSound (2009)
With rising jazz-guitar star Lionel Loueke in the mix, Gilfema are shaping up to be a jazz supergroup.
By: JON GARELICK  |  January 06, 2009


Fully loaded

Joshua Redman, Cassandra Wilson, Lionel Loueke, and more
One of the most hotly anticipated concerts of the season will be JOSHUA REDMAN's "Double Trio" concert at Berklee on January 22.
By: JON GARELICK  |  January 05, 2009

Year in Jazz: Playing for keeps

By: JON GARELICK  |  December 22, 2008

Year in Books: Word plays

Of werewolves and wastelands
Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that the Phoenix wrote about in 2008.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 22, 2008


Fourth-quarter earnings

Haden, Hunter, Rollins, Mela, Bley, and e.s.t.
Times a-wastin' on 2008, so before it's too late, here's a handful of discs that have caught my ear over the past few months.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 17, 2008


Review: Miles Davis - Kind of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition

By: JON GARELICK  |  December 12, 2008


Alone together

Wayne Shorter Quartet, Berklee Performance Center, December 3, 2008
How can a jazz band play no swing rhythms, no grooves, and, really, no songs, and hold 1200 people rapt for an hour and 25 minutes, with virtually no breaks in the music?
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 05, 2008


Mixed grill

Scarecrow Mobius, Monique, and Morley
Dave Bryant stood among the folding chairs in the audience before Scarecrow Mobius's gig at Outpost 186 a week ago Monday night, looked at his two-deck keyboard rig, and mused, "Not pretty, but I guess it will do. I had more room at rehearsal."
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 01, 2008


Marc Rossi Group | Hidden Mandala

Gravity Records (2008)
Despite the title and the presence of Indian singer Geetha Bennett and Carnactic guitarist Prasanna, Indo-jazz fusion is merely a unifying design for composer/pianist Marc Rossi’s broad skills and interests.
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 24, 2008


Close readings

Darrell Katz and the JCA, Ben Ratliff, Jeff Turton
The JCA has been at it since 1985, a collective of musicians who are primarily composers rather than players, in need of an outlet to hear their pieces.
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 24, 2008


Darrell Katz/Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra | The Same Thing

Cadence (2008)
Boston's Jazz Composers Alliance is fearless about subject matter — this, after all, is the organization that gave us The Death of Simone Weil as an "improvisational cantata."
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 14, 2008


Nights out

Björkestra, Jarrett, Kelly, and the Cohens
Five shows in eight days (not counting an early-music side trip with Jordi Savall’s Hespèrion XXI at Sanders Theatre), so let’s get cracking.
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 10, 2008


Monika H. Band | Disguised As Umbrellas, We Slept

Self-released (2008)
Monika’s taste for leaping vocal lines likewise pushes the art-rock envelope.  
By: JON GARELICK  |  November 03, 2008


Good fellows

Brian Blade and company help blaze jazz’s newest path
The jazz tide is shifting once again.  
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 20, 2008


The Wee Trio | Capitol Diner Vol. 1

Bionic Records (2008)
The up-front news is that this vibes-bass-drums trio include the now-obligatory post–Bad Plus contemporary pop covers, in this case Nirvana and Sufjan Stevens.
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 17, 2008


The doctor is in

Stanley Sagov’s jazz remedies, plus Saxophone Summit
That Stanley Sagov plays jazz at all is impressive. That he plays it at such a high level is stunning.  
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 08, 2008


Blink. | The Epidemic Of Ideas

 Thirsty Ear (2008)
Aside from the general aggressive, post-rock, post-jazz underground feel, there’s pretty tunes here.  
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 01, 2008


Robot love

Terminator ’s wonder years
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles  is ostensibly sci-fi action adventure. It may be the best teen drama for adults on TV.  
By: JON GARELICK  |  October 01, 2008


Getting it live

Noah Preminger, Fernando Huergo, the John Coltrane Memorial Concert, and the BeanTown Jazz Festival
Noah Preminger — bearded, shaggy-haired, 23 years old — plays tenor saxophone like a man at least twice his age while remaining completely of the moment.
By: JON GARELICK  |  September 23, 2008

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