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Dec

Top Ten: December 2014

Michael Blake, Tiddy Boom (Sunnyside) Jimmy Greene, A Beautiful Life (Mack Avenue) Louis Hayes, Return of the Jazz Communicators (Smoke Sessions) Owen Howard, Drum Lore Vol. 2: More Lore (BJU) Dave Liebman’s Expansions, Samsara (Whaling City) David Ryshpan, Alicuanta (ind.) Dayna Stephens, Peace (Sunnyside) Lennie Tristano, Chicago April 1951 (Uptown) Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Over Time: Music of Bob Brookmeyer (Planet

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Nov

On Bobby Avey

This review appears in the November 2014 issue of The New York City Jazz Record. — Bobby Avey Authority Melts From Me (Whirlwind) By David R. Adler Inspired by a visit to Haiti in 2012, pianist Bobby Avey sought to develop his own musical response to the voudou drumming ensembles he studied. The result is Authority Melts From Me, featuring

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Nov

Top Ten: November 2014

Jason Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms, From the Region (Delmark) Andy Bey, Pages from an Imaginary Life (HighNote) Otis Brown III, The Thought of You (Blue Note) Charlie Haden-Jim Hall (Impulse!) Hush Point, Blues and Reds (Sunnyside) Introducing Musette Explosion (Aviary) Tyshawn Sorey, Alloy (Pi) Tom Varner, Nine Surprises (ind.) David Virelles, Mbókò: Sacred Music for Piano, Two Basses, Drum Set and

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Oct

On Steve Cardenas

This review appears in the October December 2014 issue of The New York City Jazz Record. — Steve Cardenas Melody in a Dream (Sunnyside) By David R. Adler Though his output as a leader is somewhat sparse, guitarist Steve Cardenas brings a vibrancy and a shrewd air of restraint to every outing — the same qualities he’s shown as a sideman with

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Oct

Top Ten: October 2014

The Bad Plus, Inevitable Western (Okeh) Paul Bollenback, Portraits in Space and Time (Mayimba) Darryl Harper, The Need’s Got to Be So Deep (Hipnotic) Steve Lehman Octet, Mise en Abîme (Pi) Michael Musillami Trio, Pride (Playscape) Matt Pavolka, The Horns Band (Fresh Sound New Talent) Anthony Pirog, Palo Colorado Dream (Cuneiform) Wadada Leo Smith, The Great Lakes Suites (TUM) Walter

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Sep

On Noah Garabedian

This review appears in the September 2014 issue of The New York City Jazz Record. — Noah Garabedian Big Butter and the Eggmen (BJU) By David R. Adler In giving his debut album the title Big Butter and the Eggmen, bassist Noah Garabedian alludes to a 1926 classic (“Big Butter and Egg Man”) by Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five — the band that

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Sep

Six Picks: September 2014

My monthly list of recommended CDs, as published in The New York City Jazz Record, September 2014. NOTE: This is the last Six Picks to appear in the paper. From here on I’ll be posting a monthly Top Ten in this space. Jorrit Dijkstra, Music for Reeds and Electronics: Oakland (Driff) Orrin Evans, Liberation Blues (Smoke Sessions) Eric Harland’s Voyager, Vipassana (GSI)

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Aug

Six Picks: August 2014

My monthly list of recommended CDs, as published in The New York City Jazz Record, August 2014: Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio (Concord) Peter Brendler, Outside the Line (Posi-Tone) Wolfgang Muthspiel/Larry Grenadier/Brian Blade, Driftwood (ECM) Felix Peikli, Royal Flush (Rex) Andrew Rathbun Quartet, Numbers & Letters (SteepleChase) Tamarindo, Somos Agua (Clean Feed)