Category: Album Reviews – Archive

May 9, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

CIRCUITS (Edition/Planet) 8/10 As Chris Potter approaches the 200-album mark, it becomes ever more apparent that the saxophonist’s most profound work occurred in his decade with Paul Motian – but that’s like saying a fine actor’s greatest role was Hamlet. What I like is the range of “roles” Potter is…

May 4, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

FAIRGROUNDS (Edition/Planet) 8/10 The opening shoots your eyebrows skyward, and the rest of the album keeps them there. Clearly much that is new is still to be mined at the intersection of jazz, funk and electronics. Ballard, who forged a reputation drumming with Ray Charles, Chick Corea, Brad Mehldau and…

April 29, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

THE SEASONS OF BEING (Sunnyside) 8/10 Ah, the old chestnut of music and healing. Even born sceptics like me subscribe to it, having experienced the effect too many times for doubt. Pianist/composer Andy Milne understands the link, too. He might take his theorising into new-age zones that prickle my scepticism,…