March 18, 2006 |
The Little Giant comes back to town on a winter day the color of cobblestones. It's a three-hour trip to Paris by car and fast train from the village where he lives southwest of the capital. After a childhood on the South Side of Chicago, a career forged in the smoke and din of jazz dens the world over, he has become a country gentleman. On the phone from his house in the rural Poitou region, he says, "You can't get more country than this."
October 20, 1991 |
*** Bob Belden, "The Music of Sting," Blue Note. Using Sting's music as the basis for a jazz album is a good idea. Belden's charts for ensembles are first-rate blendings of superb material and beautifully crafted arrangements. Among the best moments are the instrumentals "They Dance Alone" and "Dream of the Blue Turtles," on which Rick Margitza, Joey Calderazzo, Bobby Watson and John Scofield are among the soloists.
April 24, 1998 |
*** JOHN FEDCHOCK NEW YORK BIG BAND "On the Edge" Reservoir The name may not be especially familiar, but trombonist John Fedchock has been on the jazz scene for a while, an important contributor to the Woody Herman band in the '80s and the chief arranger for the Herman Herd's last two Grammy-nominated albums.
February 27, 1995 |
Maria Schneider's ongoing Monday night appearances at Visiones nightclub in New York, now in their second year, is currently the city's happening big-band event and for good reason. Schneider is writing some of the smartest charts being aired today and assembling many of New York's best young-and-serious musicians to play them. Though recorded in 1992, "Evanescence" paints an accurate picture of Schneider's craftsmanship.
April 9, 2002 |
Maria Schneider wanted to be a dancer when she was growing up in the small Minnesota town of Windom. Instead, she became a composer, working primarily in the genre of jazz but never abandoning either her affection or her affinity for dance. On Sunday evening at the Cal State Northridge Performing Arts Center, Schneider also revealed that she hasn't really given up on her physical connection with dance either.
January 7, 2006 |
Twins are a jazz rarity. But the novelty that Francois and Louis Moutin are twin brothers fades into the area of intriguing background information after they begin to play. And their performance at the Jazz Bakery on Thursday night had less to do with their fraternal identity than it did with the quality of their music. Two years ago, the Moutins startled Southland jazz listeners with their capacity to match the free-flying improvisations of pianist Martial Solal during his run at the Bakery.