Reid Anderson/Dave King/Craig Taborn Golden Valley Is Now Intakt Records I am loving this album! A favourite as soon as I heard it in late 2019, and it’s been on near non-stop play into the first few days of 2020 – this is Reid Anderson and Dave King, the rhythm section from The Bad Plus […]
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 […]
Joshua Redman Quartet Come What May Nonesuch In the two decades since the Joshua Redman Quartet last recorded together their leader has gone in all directions as featured soloist, cameo artist and collaborator (The Bad Plus, Brad Mehldau) working with tone and timbre to shape his playing and songwriting.
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 […]
The Bad Plus The Rite of Spring Sony Masterworks If you know the work – world – of The Bad Plus already you’ll know this trio has taken music from electronica, rock and pop and given it a jazz-makeover, with often dazzling results. It’s a no-brainer to have them twist out their version of Stravinsky’s […]