Author: George W. Harris

Kent Miller Quartet: Minor Step

Bassist Kent Miller bops with the best on this album of trio and quartet performances with Darius Scott/p, Greg Holloway/dr and Benny Russell/ts-ss. With the reedist, the team cooks over Russell’s tenor on a swinging take of Hank Mobley’s “Workout”…

Abelita Mateus: Vivenda

Brazilian pianist and vocalist Abelita Mateus delivers a rich album co-produced by guitar master Romero Lubambo. The feel is flowing and rich, with instrumentals such as “Famiia Brandao,” “Saudades Do Brasil” and “Amor Ate’ O Fim” glistening with guiat, piano,…

Patrick Bradley: Intangible

Patrick Bradley plays piano and various keyboards along with funky jazzers Jeff Lorber/b-key, Jimmy Haslip/b, Paul Jackson/p, Gary Novak/dr, David Mann/horns and Adam Hawley-Michael Thompson/g for a collection of material that both swings and rocks. Some of the material, such…

Vandivier: Under One Roof

Guitarist Rick Vandivier goes both electric and acoustic with Dan Robbins/b and Lorca Hart/dr-perc on this mix of originals and covers. On acoustic, he is intimate and flows gently on “New Man” while doing some nice interplay with Robbins on…

Garth Alper: Stratus

Pianist Garth Alper leads a rich and upbeat post bop band of Michael Jenner/sax, Bob Nash/b, Chris Munson/dr and Jeff George/g through a mix of originals and a couple of standards. His touch is warm and bouncy as on the…

Akshara: In Time

The word “Akshara” translates into “imperishable” or “indestructible.” That’s fitting as the team of Bala Skandan, Nitin Mitta, Arun Ramamurthy, Max ZT, Dave Eggar and Kabilan Jeganathan supply traditional and solid Indian instrumentation, while Thejeswini Raj, Beenakumari Viju and Shrinath…