Category: Reviews

JD Allen Trio: Victory

Sometimes, I just don’t get it. Sure, tenor saxist JD Allen has some impressive credentials, having toured with Betty Carter for a long time. But, there has to be something said about being in a big band for awhile and…

Bastian Weinhold: River Styx

Drummer Bastian Weinhold leads a post bop quintet with Adam Larson/ts, Pascal Le Boeuf/p, Nils Weinhold/g and Linda Oh/b through a collection of band-penned originals. The music divides into edgy and longer pieces like “The Tune” and “Space” and dreamy…

Walt Weiskopf Quartet: Live

Tenor saxist Walt Weiskopf briought a top notch team to the University of South Carolina for an impressive gig back on April 8, 2008. The rhythm team of Renee Rosnes/p, Paul Gill/b and Tony Reedus/dr is flexible and veers towards…

Benny Green: Source

WHERE HAS THIS GUY BEEN?!? At one time, pianist Benny Green was one of THE up and coming pianists. He’d had stints with Woody Shaw, Betty Carter and Art Blakey before putting out some impressive discs of his own, most…

Chemical Clock: Chemical Clock

 There’s a scene in the classic movie The Great Escape, when Donald Pleasance and James Garner are drinking some home made moonshine. They imbibe a sip, and Garner, after gasping, asks “What is THAT?!?” to which understates, “I know what…