Month: June 2017

Marc Copland: Better By Far

Pianist Marc Copland has been spending much time as a sideman with John Abercrombie, but he returns to his leadership role on this strong and lyrical album of originals. He’s assembled a top notch team, such as the intuitive Joey…

Common Quartet: The Hive

The Brooklyn-based Common Quartet features the sleekly swinging team of Seth Trachy/ts, Nitzan Gavrieli/p, Pablo Menares/b and Alex Wyatt/dr, and they are adept at creating some hip and suave grooves on this highly enjoyable release. Trachy has a Getz-like warmth…

Jeannie Tanner: Word & Music

Composer Jeannie Tanner brings together twelve singers from Chicago and lets them interpret her rich and varied songs. The settings range from vaudevillian and saucy “Kiss Me” with Kimberly Gordon” to indie “I’m Whistling A Tune” by Andy  Pratt, while…