Category: Album Reviews

January 23, 2020 / Album Reviews

A LIFE BETWEEN (Soundsabound) 8/10 Perhaps it was inevitable that Chase Baird would be a jazz saxophonist, with his first name referencing a Coltrane tune (among others) and his second containing “bird”. But making this second album was not easy, with a little serendipity required before his pieces could be…

January 6, 2020 / Album Reviews

TRILOGY 2 (Concord/Planet) 9.5/10 Just 10 seconds of music tells you so much about this trio. They come after Chick Corea’s solo piano introduction to How Deep Is the Ocean, whereupon, rather than making a bold entrance, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade merely insinuate themselves. This fluidity defines…

January 5, 2020 / Album Reviews

A FRUITFUL HARVEST (michaelgordon.bandcamp.com) 6/10 What do one of the greatest philosophers of the last 200 years and the most incendiary musician Australia has ever produced have in common? They are both inspirations for Michael Gordon’s debut album as leader. In the liner-notes the Sydney saxophonist/composer provides quotes from Friedrich…