Category: Album Reviews

May 18, 2019 / Album Reviews

PACIFICA (Earshift) 7.5/10 This is the first Vampires opus to feel more like a destination than a journey. That destination still has multifarious influences, but you sense a band that has moved beyond trying to be something, and is now a project allowing the four members fully to express their…

May 9, 2019 / Album Reviews

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

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…