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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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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Jazz CD Review: “MONKestra, Volume Two” — Reinventing Monk by Michael Ullman

John Beasley and his big band doesn’t tame Monk or make him uncharacteristically pretty.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Jazz CD Review: “Hudson” — Free Jazz in the Summer of Love by Michael Ullman

Hudson serves up varied, fresh, and exciting free jazz that imaginatively draws on rock, funky blues, and folk music.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jazz CD Review: Pianist Ahmad Jamal — Still a Classic by Michael Ullman

Pianist Ahmad Jamal rose to fame by doing something completely different.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Jazz CD Review: “Compassion” — A Deft Homage to John Coltrane by Michael Ullman

Of course, neither saxophonist sounds precisely like Coltrane: there would be no point in trying.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

CD/DVD Review: “Celebrate Ornette” — An Exuberant Homage to a Jazz Genius by Michael Ullman

This collection demonstrates that the music of Ornette Coleman is in tune with something elemental and essential in the human spirit.

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Commentary: Best Jazz Recordings of 2016 by Michael Ullman

Several of these discs, including the sublime Jim Hall-Red Mitchell collaboration, are unexpected pleasures.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

CD Review: The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble — Volatile Fun by Michael Ullman

Contagious enjoyment is very much the goal of Ken Field’s Revolutionary Snake Ensemble. Mission accomplished.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

CD Review: The Dave Liebman Group Stretches Out — Expansions Live by Michael Ullman

Dave Liebman’s band, like its adventurous leader, is more than willing to take a deep dive.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

CD Review: “Down Home Blues: Detroit” — A Matter of Gratitude by Michael Ullman

Collectors and serious blues fans will want to own this invaluable set.

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Jazz CD Round-up: Jane Ira Bloom, Robert Glasper, Wadada Leo Smith, Anna Webber, and More by Michael Ullman

Over a dozen short notices of recent jazz recordings that I find musically stimulating.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fuse Music Review: John Scofield’s “Country for Old Men” — Well Worth a Visit by Michael Ullman

Country for Old Men is surely going to stand as one of the best, as well as among the most unusual, recordings of the year.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Fuse Remembrance: Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson — Making the Imagination Run by Michael Ullman

"When you think about music it's got to be that way. Just the thrill of being able to play another note, not to win anything or get a trophy.”

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Fuse Book Review: “Every Song Ever” — Notes From an Enigmatic Ear by Michael Ullman

Ben Ratliff's volume about how to listen to music is full of fairly radical but largely undefended assertions.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Jazz CD Review: The Fred Hersch Trio — A Memorable “Sunday Night at the Vanguard” by Michael Ullman

Time has only made the members of this trio more adventurous as well as accomplished.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Fuse CD Review: Charlie Parker — The Unheard — But Indispensable — Bird by Michael Ullman

It’s easy to recommend this new two disc set, where the miracle that was Charlie Parker is on glorious display again and again.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Fuse Appreciation: Henry Threadgill — A Pulitzer Prize for “In For a Penny, In For a Pound” by Michael Ullman

Over the decades, avant-garde jazz musical Henry Threadgill has not only enriched but remade the musical landscape.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Fuse Concert Review: Creative Music Convergences, Concert One by Michael Ullman

Live, the experience of a cosmic rhythm with every stroke is both more intense and more intriguing than on record.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Fuse CD Review: Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith — Exploring Cosmic Possibilities in Sound by Michael Ullman

Pianist Vijay Iyer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith produce music that is precise and quietly evocative, peaceful and gently probing.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Fuse Album Review: Weather Report — Definitively Live by Michael Ullman

These live recordings capture Weather Report's sound during its most celebrated years.

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