Category: Album Reviews – Archive

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,…

April 20, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

UPLIFT (Greenleaf) 9/10 Few artists are so prolific without compromising quality as trumpeter Dave Douglas, his Greenleaf label a tap for pouring out exceptional records. This one was immediately preceded by four double-albums of his quintet in incendiary form live at the Jazz Standard. The Uplift project could hardly be…