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Music Reviews: Jazz

November 30th, 2022

Grant Green Has a Spiritual Awakening

as close to "easy listening" as Blue Note gets

By: Michael Fremer

This must have been a "walk in the park" session. As the annotation says, "Surely all the songs played are too familiar to necessitate comment," although like looks, sounds can be deceiving. All of the familiar tunes—including "Just a Closer Walk With Thee","Go Down Moses" and "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" are taken at an unhurried pace and while at first it may sound simple, relaxed and self-evident, pay... Read More

genre Jazz format Vinyl

November 29th, 2022

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" Deluxe Edition

the original stereo tape was "transparent" (as in you could almost see through it)

By: Michael Fremer

This charming, mood enhancing television special soundtrack has for decades been a favorite Christmas album. Lighthearted and breezy, sometimes sentimental and occasionally deep—as when the children's chorus of San Raphael's St. Paul's choir so innocently sings "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing". How the television special came to be and a soundtrack album produced is almost as charming as the end product itself. It's told in the gatefold... Read More

genre Jazz format Vinyl

November 28th, 2022

Newvelle Records Co-Founder, Pianist Elan Mehler Steps Out of the Producer's Booth

thoughtful, late night listening

By: Michael Fremer

With eleven previous album releases to his credit as leader, recording with some of the best known names in contemporary jazz, it's not as if Elan Mehler is new to this, but if you didn't know and relied solely on his very personal annotation, you might think otherwise.He dedicates the album—the music—to his late mother who was a religious adventurer and traveler who he describes as "a mystic" whose collection of Sufi Mystical Islamic texts he... Read More

genre Jazz format Vinyl

November 17th, 2022

"Monty Alexander The Montreux Years" Highlights 20+ Years of Onstage Excitement

recordings from four different Montreux venues

By: Michael Fremer

Monty Alexander's long association with the Montreux Jazz Festival produced many stellar musical moments. This double LP set culled from performances from 1993 through 2016 highlights many of them. There's a video interview with Alexander conducted by TrackingAngle editor Michael Fremer the day this review posts.

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genre Jazz Reggae format Vinyl

November 15th, 2022

Cool Multi-Artist Bowie Tribute LP "David Bowie In Jazz" Found in the Bins

French jazz release shows up in U.S. vinyl supply chain

By: Larry Jaffee

“David Bowie in Jazz"'s Aladdin Sane-era cover art might lead you to believe this Bowie tribute record is tied in with or is somehow connected to Bret Morgen’s feature-length "Moonage Daydream" documentary released September, 2022 in IMAX and standard theater formats and currently available for streaming and purchase on Amazon, itunes and other sites.The scant credits, however, indicate that the French Wagram Music label marketed and distributed... Read More

genre Jazz Jazz Fusion format Vinyl

October 21st, 2022

Azymuth's "Telecommunication" Reissue Delivers

Craft Recordings and Jazz Dispensary Reissue Unique Funk-Jazz From Original Master Tapes

By: Evan Toth

Formed near the sunny sands of Rio De Janeiro in 1973, Azymuth is a Brazilian funk-jazz trio though they manage to sound like a much larger group, especially when hosting guest players. The band features Jose Roberto Bertrami (unfortunately, deceased in 2019) on an array of keyboards, Alex Malheiros on bass and Ivan Conti on drums. These three musicians initially connected with one another in a previous band called Group Projeto 3 which later became Grupo Seleção. The... Read More