Month: May 2016

Michael Blake: Fulfillment

Michael Blake puts his soprano and tenor saxes in a wide variety of settings on this latest release. He’s with a foundational team of JP Carter/tp-el, Peggy Lee/cel, Chris Gestrin/p-key, Ron Samworth/g, Andre Lachance/b and Dyal van de Schyff/dr which…

Jackie Gage: Siren Song

There is a surfeit of female vocalists that all sound the same doing the exact same material. How enjoyable to find someone who sounds fresh while mixing classic material with her own exciting compositions. Jackie Gage has a husky honey…

Florian Weber Trio: Criss Cross

The simultaneous analysis of the music by pianists Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans may seem like an incongruous challenge, but Florian Weber gives it a go with Donny McCaslin/ts and Dan Weiss/dr. For the Evans side of life, Florian has conversant…

Kirk MacDonald: Symmetry

Here’s a pleasantly swinging album by tenor saxophonist Kirk MacDonald, who  joins together with Tom Harrell/tp-fh, Brian Dickinson/p,Neil Swainson/b and Dennis Mackrel/dr for a Decalogue of originals. MacDonald’s tone is rich and tensile, blending well with Harrell on pieces like…