Author: George W. Harris

JD McPherson: Signs & Signifiers

Here’s a throwback record that makes you realize what’s wrong with today’s music. As CS Lewis once said, “Just because you’re moving forward, it doesn’t mean you’re progressing. If you’ve missed your turnoff, to actually turn around and go backwards…

Dave Juarez: Round Red Light

Guitarist Dave Juarez leads a post-bop quintet through a series of originals with Seamus Blake/ts, John Escreet/p, Lauren Falls/b and Bastian Weinhold/dr. His round and palpable tone is well spotlighted on tunes like the title track and “The Echo Of…

Joe Jackson: The Duke

Singer Joe Jackson has always had a jazzer’s heart. Remember that 1984 album Body and Soul where he did a spot on imitation of a Sonny Rollins Blue Note session? This latest release has him going to the Duke Ellington…

Fly: Year of the Snake

Here you’ve three jazz guys who are on the top tier: saxophonist Mark Turner, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard. All three are known as sidemen, and their working together seems to sound like no one wants to take…