Aaron Diehl The Vagabond Mack Avenue I’ve loved Aaron Diehl’s work – as leader and accompanist – across his five solo records to date and in his work with Cécile McLorin Salvant – in fact the best bit about seeing McLorin Salvant in concert was Diehl and his trio. They were exquisite.
The Bad Plus Never Stop II Legbreaker Records Since the very early 2000s The Bad Plus has been a role-model for great modern jazz trios; their gimmick (and they weren’t the only ones, neither the first nor last) was to take rock and pop and indie songs (Aphex Twin, Tears For Fears, Nirvana, Blondie) and […]
Albert “Tootie” Heath/Ethan Iverson/Ben Street Philadelphia Beat Sunnyside Records On their third record together as a trio, following a live set of standards and the more recent gem, Tootie’s Tempo, bassist Ben Street and pianist Ethan Iverson are back in their supporting roles flanking journeyman jazz drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath. As I write this he’s […]