Category: Album Reviews – Archive

November 24, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Afro Blue Impressions (Concord) If Louis Armstrong was jazz’s great innovator (and its heart) and Duke Ellington its key composer, John Coltrane remains its supreme improviser. In extending the saxophone’s potential he also stretched the music’s very fabric. Never had such boiling energy been unleashed; never had exultancy and anguish…

November 14, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Balkan Spirit (Alia Vox/Fuse) The latest instalment in Jordi Savall’s Odysseus-like musical journey around the Mediterranean rim is typically glorious, but here his stately ensembles recreating the ancient music of Spain or Turkey give way to lively smaller bands and tearaway improvising. Savall embarked upon this project with a point…

November 6, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Tap: John Zorn’s Book Of Angels Vol. 20 (Nonesuch/Tzadik/ Birdland) Pat Metheny and John Zorn had never cohabited the same thought bubble, at least in this writer’s mind. But then Metheny has had a way of coming up with mad surprises across the years, and now he’s dropped a bombshell…