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Monday, November 26, 2018

Jazz CD Review: “Long Ago and Far Away” — Together Again by Michael Ullman

This set is surely one of the finds of the year.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Welcome Christian McBride’s “New Jawn” by Michael Ullman

One of the distinguishing characteristics of this set is the smart, energetic, and ever-changing, relationship between bass and drums.

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Daniel Carter’s “Telepathic Alliances” — Mission Accomplished by Michael Ullman

Daniel Carter's disc revolves, splendidly, around a process of self-discovery.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Jazz CD Review: “Random Dances and (A)tonalities” — Ambitious Logic by Michael Ullman

Don Byron's repertoire doesn’t just focus on the bebop era -- nor is it self-consciously hip.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Jazz CD Review: The Mark Master Ensemble — Product of a Powerhouse by Michael Ullman

The latest big band album from Mark Masters beautifully displays his eclectic tastes and deep knowledge of jazz history.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Tyshawn Sorey’s “Pillars” — Like Nothing You Have Heard Before by Michael Ullman

Tyshawn Sorey flies far from his innovative masters. I hardly expected that the result would be so mesmerizing and alive.

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Film/Jazz Review: “Open Land: Meeting John Abercrombie” by Michael Ullman

This fascinating documentary should be compelling to guitarists and to jazz fans in general.

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Jazz LP Review: Newvelle Records — Sounds Sweet and Clear by Michael Ullman

Newvelle Records' taste seems to be  flawless.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Steve Turre — “The Very Thought of You” by Michael Ullman

The venerable trombonist's fine new album mostly contains ballads and features an all-star rhythm section.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Jazz CD Review: The Nels Cline 4 — Eclectic Accomplishment by Michael Ullman

This disc is mainly a showcase for guitarist Nels Cline’s compositions as well as his cleverness at commanding group improvisation.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Jazz CD Review: “Maid With the Flaxen Hair” — Mandatory Listening by Michael Ullman

Every guitarist should listen carefully to this album. And then maybe some Johnny Smith.

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Ronnie Cuber — “Live at Montmartre” by Michael Ullman

Ronnie Cuber makes the high-speed acceleration sound lyrical as well as virtuosic; the band obliges with solos that come off as much more than your standard bop band running the changes.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Miguel Zenón — An Extraordinary Scholar/Composer by Michael Ullman

Miguel Zenón's extraordinary writing for strings and saxophone makes use of ever-changing textures generated out of jazz, Puerto Rican folk, and classical music.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Coltrane’s “Lost Album” — Not the Holy Grail by Michael Ullman

You might argue that this session was forgotten, but this new release shouldn’t be thought of as lost -- because no one was looking for it

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Erroll Garner’s “Nightconcert” — Memorably High Energy by Michael Ullman

Nightconcert contains enough that is new and fresh to make this album one of the exciting discoveries of the year.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Jazz Review: Second Dispatch from the 39th Montréal Jazz Festival by Michael Ullman

One of the most astonishing sets of my week in Montreal featured two Frenchmen, accordionist Vincent Peirani and soprano saxophonist Émile Parisien.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Jazz Review: A Dispatch from the 39th Montréal Jazz Festival by Michael Ullman

Among the festival's highlights: pianist-singer Jeremy Dutcher, who arrived on the stage of the tiny club Gesu dressed in shorts and a long flowing black robe with a hood.

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Harold López-Nussa — Rhythms Charming and Churning by Michael Ullman

Pianist Harold López-Nussa is his own bold and expressive rhythm section.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Buster Williams — An Exemplary Modern Bassist by Michael Ullman

There are no missteps on this disc. Buster Williams and company make all the complications swing, mightily.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Jazz CD Review: “Tramontana” — Electric, Buoyant Big Band Music by Michael Ullman

Juan Andrés Ospina is not just an original big band writer, but a deeply satisfying one as well.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Edward Simon’s “Sorrows & Triumphs” by Michael Ullman

One doesn’t have to have gone too deeply into Buddhism to recognize its influence on the titles found here, and perhaps on the music as well.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Jazz Concert Review: Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition at the ICA by Michael Ullman

Indo-Pak Coalition's energized music and performance somehow manages to square the circle --  it is as engaging as it is songful and intelligent.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Philip Levine and Benjamin Boone Make “The Poetry of Jazz” by Michael Ullman

For poet Philip Levine, music is not only a good thing in life: the good things in life are music.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Jazz CD Review: Bill Frisell — “Music IS” by Michael Ullman

One marvels at Bill Frisell’s improvisations, which can be both surprising and songful. Bill Frisell: Music IS (Okeh/Sony Masterworks) By Michael Ullman In 1982, after having recorded with…

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Jazz CD Reviews: A Trio of Adventurous Jazz Vocalists by Michael Ullman

Three jazz singers go outside of the Great American Songbook -- with entrancing results.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Jazz CD Reviews: “Body and Shadow” and “I Am A Man” by Michael Ullman

Brian Blade is not only a skillfully discreet: he can be as powerful as any drummer since Elvin Jones.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Remembrance: Roswell Rudd — Avant-garde Trombonist Extraordinaire by Michael Ullman

The late Roswell Rudd tried every sound a trombone could make, all of his efforts marked with a natural musicality.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Jazz CD Reviews: Wadada Leo Smith — Paying Superb Homage to Monk, and Other Heroes by Michael Ullman

That’s why Wadada Leo Smith’s musical visions are so miraculous: there's an impression of drift, yet they rarely meander.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Music Preview: Michael Gibbs — Coming Full Circle at Berklee by Michael Ullman

The evening will be an invaluable opportunity to hear sounds, textures, and melodies created by a veteran composer/arranger.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Jazz CD and Book Review: Pianist Fred Hersch — On the Page and on Disc by Michael Ullman

A gripping autobiography and beautiful new solo CD from a master jazz pianist -- Fred Hersch.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Jazz CD Review: Matt Wilson’s “Honey and Salt” — Homage to Carl Sandburg by Michael Ullman

Matt Wilson's album includes both beautifully performed musical settings and readings of Carl Sandburg poems.

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