April 14, 1995 |
*** 1/2, JOHNNY GRIFFIN, "Chicago, New York, Paris" Verv e Although the years keep passing, Griffin's patentable gruff- then-furry tone and never-off-balance improvisational style sounds as supple and lively as ever; his musical stories, meanwhile, have grown more compelling.
February 17, 2000
Where to find some upcoming music festivals: * The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival runs Feb. 24-27 in Moscow, Idaho. Hampton, Hank Jones, Ray Brown, Roy Hargrove and 35 other jazz greats perform. (208) 885-6765. * Joshua Redman is the artistic director of "SF Jazz Spring 2000," which includes concerts, films and forums over five weekends from March 17 to June 18. Venues vary. http://www/sfjazz.org. (415) 788-7353.
October 3, 1993 |
JAZZ FUTURES "Live in Concert" RCA/Novus *** Recorded at two concerts in the summer of 1991, this collection from an important assemblage of young all-stars affords convincing evidence of the vitality still present in straight-ahead contemporary jazz. Moments in the limelight are parceled out fairly evenly among the eight players.
August 2, 2007
It's entirely appropriate that the 100th anniversary of Benny Carter's birth is generating one of the summer's not-to-be-missed jazz programs. A trendsetter as an alto saxophonist, a trumpeter, a composer and an arranger, Carter -- who died in 2003 at 95 -- has had a profound effect on every aspect of the jazz arts. In "Benny Carter's 100 Years of Music" at the Hollywood Bowl, his big-band works will be celebrated by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.
January 5, 1996 |
Can it be that the Republicans have taken over the jazz Grammy nominations as well as Congress? It would be hard to imagine a more conservative list of selections than the one the academy has come up with. Perhaps predictably, given previous nominations, not a single name is included from the young lions roaming the jazz world. Instead of Christian McBride, the spectacular bassist who has appeared on stacks of albums, there are two nominations for that perennial nominee Charlie Haden.
February 24, 2003 |
Form won out in the jazz honors at the 45th annual Grammy Awards. But it's not surprising that the winners are all well-established artists, given that so few unfamiliar faces made it into the nominations. And because the nominations were crowded with major artists, there's little to quibble about in the ultimate choices. Pat Metheny is a worthy winner in the contemporary field. The same is true with Herbie Hancock as the best instrumental soloist.
January 7, 1998 |
So what else is new? The Grammy jazz nominations follow a familiar pattern of making safe choices, largely chosen from the major label lineup of Blue Note, Verve, Columbia, Warner Bros., RCA, JVC, GRP and Concord. Within this context, the best contemporary performance category again presents some of the strongest selections, with albums from Randy Brecker, Lee Ritenour, Patrice Rushen, Joe Sample and Grover Washington Jr. Very little smooth jazz there.
February 23, 2003 |
There's quality across the board in this year's jazz nominations, with anyone-can-win races in nearly every category. Best Contemporary Album: Pat Metheny's "Speaking of Now" seems the probable winner, but Joe Zawinul's eclectic "Faces & Places" is the most musically compelling entry. Best Vocal Album: The likely winner is Natalie Cole's "Ask a Woman Who Knows" or Diana Krall's "Live in Paris," with Cole having the edge.