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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 ›

JJ Wheeler: Life On Tour Part 3

As he reaches the end of his Quintet’s tour, bandleader, drummer and occasional thejazzbreakfast contributor, JJ Wheeler reflects on what makes it all worthwhile: Enjoyment. First, may I say what an absolute privilege it has been to spend four-weeks (on and… Read More ›

The week ahead in gigs

After starting out as a disciple of John Coltrane’s modern jazz, Courtney Pine then began exploring his Caribbean heritage, bringing the feel and rhythms of reggae and dub into his music. Now he has turned to the continent of his… Read More ›

CD Review: Led Bib

Bring Your Own (Cuneiform Records) Reviewed by JJ Wheeler If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This certainly seems like advice adhered to on this latest quirky, riff-rock tinged, musical jumble-sale Led Bib release. The formula of spiky, two-horn lines… Read More ›

The week ahead in gigs

Since jazz was first identified as a distinctive musical style, I guess there have always been some interesting practitioners in New York. And if the golden ages in the city’s jazz history ebb and flow, even the quiet times are… Read More ›

CD review: Metamorphic

The Rock Between (F-IRE) Reviewed by JJ Wheeler To metamorphose is to change in form. However, unlike metamorphic rock, formed over thousands of years, pianist Laura Cole’s compositions and arrangements often turn on the spot, introducing new textures, melodies and dense… Read More ›