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Joel Harrison 5 – Spirit House

(Whirlwind Recordings) Guitarist Joel Harrison‘s back catalogue is chock-a-block with adventures, both in repertoire and in band configuration. So, we’ve had albums inspired by ethnic folk song, country music, and interpretations of the work of that other Harrison guitarist, George;… Read More ›

CD review: Joshua Redman

Walking Shadows (Nonesuch 532288) A virtuoso saxophonist playing over an orchestra has been an alluring sound explored by most of the great players from Charlie Parker to Michael Brecker. Joshua Redman had a taste of it when he participated in… Read More ›

CD review: John Scofield

A Moment’s Peace (Emarcy 0602527642482) I have always held guitarist John Scofield’s playing in high esteem, most especially for that outstanding slew of albums he made for Blue Note in the ’90s with Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell and… Read More ›

CD Review: David Binney

Graylen Epicenter (Mythology) Reviewed by JJ Wheeler Some records speak volumes before you can even press play. Turn over David Binney’s latest release and you’ll find a list of New York’s most in-demand musicians, including Craig Taborn, Chris Potter, Brian Blade, Eivind Opsvik and Wayne… Read More ›

Disc of the day: 04-09-09

John Patitucci Trio: Remembrance (Concord Jazz) The master modern bass players seem equally at home on acoustic and electric instruments. Like Christian McBride, John Patitucci jumps back and forth between instruments with no trouble at all. There is one track… Read More ›