Kenny Garrett | Pursuance: The Music of John Coltrane – [Warner Jazz, 1996]Here we have a tribute to John Coltrane from young alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett, with support from Pat Metheny on guitar, Rodney Whitaker on bass, and Brian Blade on drums. Ten of the 11 songs on Pursuance are Coltrane compositions (surprisingly, “Naima” is not included), plus there is one original composition attributed to the quartet. Although his recordings with his own group might lead one to assume otherwise, Metheny really shines when accompanying saxophonists (his recordings with Gary Thomas and Josh Redman are both excellent), and his guitar really adds to the musical tapestry woven by this tight group. Continue reading
David Binney and Alan Ferber | In The Paint – [Posi-Tone, 2009]Alto Sax sensation David Binney joins forces with Trombonist Alan Ferber on “In The Paint“. Turning each of their compositional talents toward the harmonious creation of a wide variety of entertaining ensemble performances the entire session is highlighted by a pleasant combination of melodicism and surprising improvisations. The program is delightfully engaging and prominently features the flowing rhythms of veteran drummer Gerald Cleaver, the inventive counterpoint of bassist Thomas Morgan, an interesting new discovery in Peter Schlamb on vibes, and the wide harmonic palette of the celebrated musical prodigy John Escreet on piano. Continue reading
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Lage Lund -|- Unlikely Stories – [Criss Cross, 2010]
Guitarist Lage Lund made his first Criss Cross leader debut in 2008 with the brilliant Early Songs. Paring down from a quintet to quartet, he returns with Unlikely Stories, a vibrant set of mainly original tunes with a superb supporting cast: pianist Edward Simon, bassist Ben Street and drummer Bill Stewart.
The first-ever electric guitarist to attend Juilliard, Lund possesses a staggering harmonic sophistication and a singularly fluid voice as a soloist, qualities that leap out on Unlikely Stories and, no doubt, on many more releases to come. —Amazon.com
Here’s a link to the latest jazz releases for the week of 2/16/2010 available at Amazon.com.