Author: George W. Harris

Linda Oh: Initial Here

Bassist/composer Linda Oh put out an impressive debut disc not too long ago, and this followup has some moments when she sounds like she could be a major voice for jazz’s future. She leads a band her with Dayna Stephens/ts,…

Nils Weinhold: Shapes

German-born guitarist Nils Weinhold democratically leads a quintet with Adam Larson/sax, Fabian Almazan/key, Luques Curtis/b and Bastian Weinhold/dr through a collection of material dominated by the titular head. The material fluctuates around the mood post bop modernism, with intricate melody…

Quartango: El Fuego

The original team of Quartango lasted 25 solid years together before the recent and sad demise of founding member and pianist Richard Hunt last year. This disc is then their last foray together, and the team of Rene Gosselin/b, Stephane…

SAX LITTLE LEFT OF CENTER: Jure Pukl : Abstract Society: Featuring Vijay Iyer, Joe Sanders & Damion Reid, Ivo Perelman/Matt Shipp/Gerald Cleaver: The Foreign Legion, Ivo Perelman with Sirius Quartet: The Passion According to G.H., Rich Halley 4: Back From Beyond

There are some styles of music that I must confess, I just don’t get. Outside tenor sax players is a “type” that seems contradictory, as the whole reason the instrument was devised was to sound as “heavenly” as a cello,…

Amina Figarova: Twelve

I love a record like this, when you can’t tell who the leader is. In this case, pianist/composer Amina Figarova puts together a wondrously cohesive sextet with Bart Platteau/flutes, Ernie Hammes/tp-fh, Marc Mommaas/ts-ss, Jerden Vierdag/b and Chris “Busckshot” Strik/dr through…

Carmen Intorre Jr: For The Soul

No wonder this disc by drummer/leader Carmen Intorre sounded so fresh, alive and cooking…most of the songs come from the last time jazz created some real original music. Intorre rides the reigns behind a hot little band that includes John…