Category: Album Reviews – Archive

August 11, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Somewhere (ECM) Appearing four years after it was recorded in concert this album marks three decades since pianist Keith Jarrett formed this trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette. When I interviewed Jarrett two years ago he observed that problems with Peacock’s hearing clouded the band’s future, so…

August 5, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

  Down Deep (Winter & Winter/Birdland) This extraordinary album is the most thorough integration of jazz, African and classical elements I have heard, with the end result as visceral as flamenco singing or Hound Dog Taylor’s guitar. The trio consists of Ernst Reijseger (cello, voice), Harmen Fraanje (piano) and Mola…

August 4, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Duende (Gracemusic) The title track may well be the most arresting short composition that Mark Isaacs has penned. Delicate, pensive and brooding, the melody is shared between piano, tenor saxophone and guitar, and could be an aria from an unwritten opera. It certainly earns its repeat appearance later on the…