“Even during the pandemic, thousands of worthwhile jazz recordings were released in 2021. Some are cutting edge and seek to move the music ahead while others are creative within the context of established styles. Here are ten that remained in my memory long after I played them. Next month I will list ten equally rewarding recordings that are reissues or historical recordings from earlier times.” ~ Scott Yanow, JAN
“Jesup Wagon is filled with invigorating music that is well worth several listens.” — Jazz Artistry Now
“Rather play earlier standards from the Great American Songbook, Arcamone mostly plays jazz tunes from the 1960s including numbers from Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, and McCoy Tyner, along with a later song apiece by Pat Metheny and Allan Holdsworth.” — Jazz Artistry Now
“Whisper Of The Isolated Ones is a strong start in the career of Roger Lin, a guitarist and composer who has great potential for the future.” — Jazz Artistry Now
Artist: David Berkman Album: Plays Music By John Coltrane and Pete Seeger © Copyright 2020 – David Berkman Label: Without Records Reviewed by Scott Yanow David Berkman Plays Music by John Coltrane and Pete Seeger by David Berkman Jazz Artistry Now – Pianist David Berkman, who grew up in Cleveland, gained early experience playing in local clubs and […]
I see lots of what comes across as scarcity mentalities in the Jazz world. From: attitudes about getting gigs, getting airplay, getting awards or peer recognition, and as well as getting press and reviews, etc. To: infrastructure issues like scene power trips, musician cliques, and philanthropic gatekeepers becoming the show – we can often lose sight of the main thing – JAZZ
This stimulating and often-stormy set of exciting post-bop jazz does an excellent job of displaying the musical talents of Jeff “Siege” Siegel’s quartet.
In reality, the music of Alchemy Sound Project is much better heard than described since a great deal takes place in a subtle, tasteful, and thoughtful manner. The music, which is never obvious, is easy to enjoy and recommended.
It is fair to say that there are no dull moments on Jon Irabagon’s Dr. Quixotic’s Traveling Exotics, a stimulating set that will keep listeners constantly guessing what is going to happen next.
MUSINGS o When a musician embarks upon the path of jazz artistry now, it seems to be a calling first and a way to make a living second. It seems accepted that one must have a supplemental income stream beyond performing gigs. But, that seems to be the way it has always been. o We […]