Kevin Whitehead appears in the following:
Monday, March 24, 2014
On Feb. 5, 1953, Powell was uncommunicative face to face at the New York jazz club Birdland. But when he sat at the keys, it was a whole other story.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Starting in the late 1960s, the jazz saxophonist produced a series of recordings that came out on the musicians-owned Strata-East label. Those seven albums are now collected in a box set.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Eric Dolphy's creativity was exploding early in 1964, and he was finding more players who could keep up. Out to Lunch is free and focused, dissonant and catchy, wide open and swinging all at once.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
There's something tender and specific about the ways elders like Frank Wess shaped their notes.
Friday, January 31, 2014
On Sixteen Sunsets, the soprano saxophonist varies and honors melody like Billie Holiday.
Monday, January 20, 2014
On Gilchrist's The View From Here, go-go dance beats inform his piano the same way freight-train boogie-woogie does.
Thursday, January 09, 2014
The drummer known as "Klook" was a founder of bebop — and a man endlessly open to possibilities.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
You could look at Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba band as reuniting cousins who've drifted apart: jazz and folkloric Cuban music with its own family ties to the slave coast of West Africa.
Monday, December 16, 2013
This Thanksgiving there were a lot of articles online about arming yourself with good information before arguing politics at seasonal dinners. With so much contention in the air, maybe music can help bring folks with opposing views together.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
"This is it," Webb said of Fitzgerald. "I have a real singer now. That's what the public wants."
Thursday, December 05, 2013
With six concerts spread over eight discs, Wood Flute Songs documents the bassist's exhaustive and creative live output.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Down-home and majestic, the tenor saxophonist's sound was like a cane stalk shooting up out of rich earth. His 1960 album The Book Cooks features fellow sax-man Zoot Sims in a friendly square-off.
Monday, November 04, 2013
Alchemy is a step forward in defining and refining the trumpeter's mix of jazz and Iraqi rhythms.
Monday, September 09, 2013
Duke Ellington's piece for Queen Elizabeth II is included in a new collection of late-period suites.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Evans can be a heavy hitter at the keyboard, but on his new album, he reins himself in a bit.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
A new double set of unreleased S.O.S. tunes, Looking for the Next One on the Cuneiform label, was recorded in concert and in the studio in the mid-1970s. John Surman, Mike Osborne and Alan Skidmore could sound timeless, of and ahead of their time.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
On the clarinetist's latest album, the blues might be modernized or tweaked, but it's never far away. Fresh Air's jazz critic says The Edenfred Files is modest in a good way, like a musical chapbook or novella. The scale suits Harper's pointedly focused music.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Oregon saxophonist Rich Halley takes inspiration from the Wallowa mountain range on his new album Crossing the Passes. On Boss of the Plains, Chicago-based trio Wheelhouse makes music that evokes the Great Plains and wind chimes on a porch when the weather changes.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
As a Japanese expatriate in Berlin, jazz pianist Aki Takase has an outsider's perspective on jazz and insider wisdom that comes from careful study. Her new album of Duke Ellington tunes reflects influences such as Thelonious Monk and Arnold Schoenberg, as well.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The 23-year-old jazz phenom's debut album showcases her takes on vintage jazz and blues numbers by Bessie Smith, Fats Waller and others. You can trace some of her effects back to jazz greats like Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter and Abbey Lincoln.