Category Archives: Jazz

Manu Katché : Manu Katché

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Eponymously-titled album from Manu Katché. On his fourth ECM disc, Manu’s unique drumming sets the scene and direction, with compositions and arrangements radiating outward from its rhythm-patterns. His strongly propulsive yet relaxed groove is unlike any other drummer’s, and it lifts up the soloists. Personnel in the ever-changing Katché band currently includes Norwegians Nils Pettter Molvær and Tore Brunborg, first… Read more »

Christian Scott : Yesterday You Said Tomorrow

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Like Anthem, Christian Scott’s 2007 post-Katrina meditation, Yesterday You Said Tomorrow is more than a collection of tunes; it’s a statement. Scott, who was 26 at the time of this album’s release, spells out his intention in the liner notes, where he explains that — and he cites the 1960s work of Coltrane, Miles, Hendrix, Dylan, and Mingus as reference… Read more »

Eric Reed : Something Beautiful

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In a world where so many young jazz artists feel the need to feature programs consisting exclusively of originals on their debut recordings as leaders, it is refreshing to hear a veteran like pianist Eric Reed, who plays a wide range of forgotten gems, some standards, and jazz favorites along with inventive renditions of songs from gospel, pop, and his… Read more »

Miles Davis : Ascenseur Pour L’Échafaud

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Jazz and film noir are perfect bedfellows, as evidenced by the soundtrack of Louis Malles Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud (Lift to the Scaffold). This dark and seductive tale is wonderfully accentuated by the late-50s cool or bop music of Miles Davis, played with French jazzmen bassist Pierre Michelot, pianist René Urtreger, and tenor saxophonist Barney Wilen and American expatriate drummer Kenny… Read more »