Joel Ross Who Are You? Blue Note Joel Ross was just 23 when he released KingMaker – a hell of an album, his debut as a leader. Not much more than a year on he’s back with this second album leading the band (a killer-good band) and making a case for himself, already, as a […]
Warren Wolf Reincarnation Mack Avenue Records II, LLC Well the clue is in the title but Warren Wolf’s latest album is a departure from the classic jazz he’s peddled – as leader and sideman – across the last two decades. Good vibes though, and please pardon that pun – as Wolf takes all he learned […]
Chris Dingman Embrace Inner Arts Initiative / Chris Dingman It’s like the cue for an obscure, subversive joke – a vibraphonist named Chris Dingman, but this is not the jazz edition of Doonesbury, this is the third album by virtuoso vibes guy Chris Dingman – here he pares the sound back to that of a […]
Lolly Allen Coming Home Oa2 If you have any fondness for the era/s that saw Milt Jackson, Cal Tjader, Lionel Hampton, Bobby Hutcherson or even Gary Burton – then a treat is coming your way when you check out Coming Home the second album Lolly Allen has released as a bandleader.
Joel Ross KingMaker Blue Note American jazz vibraphonist Joel Ross is just 23 – that’s worth mentioning, worth thinking about when you hear his debut as a leader; its title might seem an arrogant boast at first, but that’s the role he and his instrument play here – setting it all up for the other players to shine. Ross […]
Art Van Damme Quintet, Keep Going (1971) I had heard the name Art Van Damme and new it to be a cool name, also that he played a very uncool instrument – the accordion. But he did it in a jazz-setting. That was all it took for me to want to hear this. He released a bunch of […]
Bobby Hutcherson has died. The 75 year old vibraphonist, composer, band-leader and legendary jazz sideman had been battling emphysema across the last few years of his life. There’s every chance Bobby Hutcherson has the title as the greatest jazz vibes player – and I discovered him the best way possible: by fluke. As a young, […]