By Morton Shlatbotnik, Shepherd Express On his new album, Kirk Lightsey performs ambitious, challenging music, several Wayne Shorter compositions, John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps.” Read more here.
By Morton Shlatbotnik, Shepherd Express Guitarist Lorne Lofsky played with some of the greats in old school jazz—Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Chet Baker—and survived to become part of that old … Read More
By Morton Shlabotnik, Shepherd Express One of the most enduring compositions from late ‘40s bebop, the haunting melody of “Round Midnight,” was written by Thelonious Monk. Perhaps Teodress Avery was … Read More
By Morton Shlabotnik, Shepherd Express Azat Bayazitov is steeped in the sound of post-1960, post-bop jazz. Read this review here.
By Morton Shlabotnik, Shepherd Express When an album opens with a drum solo, you can bet the band leaders is sitting behind the kit, a wide grin covering his face. … Read More
By Morton Shlabotnik, Shepherd Express The economics of putting a jazz orchestra on the road may be daunting but that doesn’t prevent studio sessions from taking place. Woodwind player Charles … Read More
Morton Shlabotnik, Shepherd Express The lineup is not unheard of but remains unusual: a jazz trio consisting of violin, bass and drums. But calling Wonderment a jazz album doesn’t entirely … Read More