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  • Thaddeus Tribbett: Live at the BRL Conference

    Here’s a great video focusing on Thaddeus Tribbett in a live performance his brother, Gospel singer Tye Tribbett last year. Thaddeus has so much freedom in this context and it’s great to watch him play close up like this. He had a whole lot of fun in this performance. Thaddeus, also known as Terry, has... »

  • A Review of “The Stanley Clarke Band”

    A Review of “The Stanley Clarke Band”

    In The Stanley Clarke Band, the great bassist has released a record which is the heir to the halcyon days of School Days, Stanley Clarke and Journey to Love. There are some extended, electric fusion pieces and a range of fresh sounding music. As the title hints, it’s very much a band record: Stanley’s line... »

  • A Review of Contact: Five on One

    Five on One, the new album by Contact, is the sound of five guys on one wavelength. There is some delightful music here rewarding an active listener with its subtle inventions and interactions. The atmosphere is mostly fairly restrained: no “passionate” show-boating, few extremes of mood, just inventive and beautiful music. You might not have... »

  • A Review of John Goldsby’s “The Innkeeper’s Gun”

    The Innkeeper’s Gun is a wonderful jazz trio record: both within the tradition and extending it at the same time. It features three musicians playing for the music, improvising freely on some excellent compositions. The trio have a wonderful sense of musical empathy and have previously released the hugely enjoyable Live at the Nachbar in... »

  • A Review of Lenny White’s “Anomaly”

    For his first solo album in 10 years, Lenny White stated his intention of putting the rock back into jazz-rock. “We need to restart a revolution to take back the music and stop the fluff”, he says. And Anomaly is some heavy stuff: powerhouse backbeats, grinding organ and shredding guitars. There is some excellent music... »

  • A Review of Jeff Berlin’s “High Standards”

    If you’ve followed Jeff Berlin‘s career, you know he loves jazz and has released quite a few jazz and fusion solo albums. His latest, High Standards, is the first to feature jazz standards and consists entirely of Berlin and his trio’s spectacular take on nine well chosen tunes. The trio includes Berlin on electric bass,... »

  • A Review of John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension’s “To The One”

    Wow! This is the record I was hoping for: John McLaughlin letting rip within a band context. To The One is a passionate sonic blast. McLaughlin, bassist Etienne Mbappe, and drummers Mark Mondesir and Gary Husband set up in one room on the studio for a live recording with keyboard added by Husband. McLaughlin is... »

  • A Review of Avery Sharpe Trio: Live

    There seems to have been something of a resurgence in the jazz trio recently and Avery Sharpe Trio’s Live is another soulful piano, bass, drums recording with plenty of swinging goodness. Sharpe is familiar to most bassists as McCoy Tyner’s long-term sideman but since 2000, he has been focussing more on his own music. A... »

  • What Doug Did: A Retrospective on Doug Rauch

    What Doug Did: A Retrospective on Doug Rauch

    Doug Rauch (14 September 1950 – 23 April 1979) I’m a huge fan of Doug Rauch, a unique bassist who sadly was taken from us at a young age. He had a funky, bubbling, percolating style based on 16th notes which never failed to ignite the music. I wrote a blogpost about him and am... »

  • A Review of Thomson Kneeland’s “Mazurka for a Modern Man”

    There is a special symbiosis that occurs when a bassist and drummer work together on projects for significant lengths of time. When those musicians are as great as the ones on this record, the results can be wonderful. Mazurka for a Modern Man, in part, is a documentation of such a symbiosis. It’s a wonderful... »