Kevin Whitehead

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Newly Reissued 'Astaire Story' Suffers From A Couple Of Missteps

Friday, December 01, 2017

In 1952, record producer Norman Granz brought six jazz stars into the studio to back a singer from outside their circle: Hollywood song and dance man Fred Astaire.


Remembering Interdisciplinary Composer Muhal Richard Abrams

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Critic Kevin Whitehead says Abrams, who died last week, was "steeped in jazz, but eager to take on a wider world." Abrams was a co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.


Albums Featuring Drummer Tom Rainey Showcase 2 Styles Of Jazz Counterpoint

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Rainey plays on Jason Stein's Lucille! as well as on his own quintet's record, Float Upstream. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the albums demonstrate the range and glory of jazz counterpoint.


On The Centennial Of His Birth, A Look Back At Thelonious Monk's Jazz Legacy

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The jazz legend would have turned 100 today. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Monk's music is "universally beloved, by jazz musicians across the stylistic spectrum who might agree about little else."


Jazz Pianist Harold Mabern Is In Full Command On 'To Love And Be Loved'

Friday, September 22, 2017

Mabern has worked as a pianist for more than half a century. Now he brings brings his confident style and sense of musical history to his latest album, To Love And Be Loved.


Pianist Vijay Iyer Combines Complicated Rhythms With Modern Style On 'Far From Over'

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Iyer studied physics and mathematics before becoming a professional musician in the 1990s. He composes music for an ensemble of interdisciplinary composers and jazz academics on his new album.


The Bill Evans Trio Plays With Spontaneity And Grace On 'Another Time'

Monday, August 14, 2017

In 1968, jazz pianist Bill Evans led a trio with Jack DeJohnette and Eddie Gomez. They spent five weeks in Europe; a newly unearthed concert recording catches them live in a Dutch radio studio.


JD Allen Goes Free Form And Improvisational On 'Radio Flyer'

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tenor saxophonist JD Allen has been leading a group with the same musicians for 10 years now. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the quartet's familiarity helps it hit its groove on Radio Flyer.


'Ode To Billie Joe' Was A Surprise Hit That Prompted Dozens Of Jazz Versions

Friday, July 14, 2017

Fifty years ago, singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry released a song that described a slice of life in rural Mississippi. Critic Kevin Whitehead shares a few of the jazz covers that followed.


Nigerian Drummer Tony Allen Revisits His Jazz Roots In A Salute To Art Blakey

Friday, June 30, 2017

Allen mixes African, European and American beats on his new album, A Tribute to Art Blakey. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the record showcases the way that musicians "bat ideas back and forth."


There's Plenty Of Variety On Sexmob's Scrappy 'Cultural Capital'

Monday, June 26, 2017

Since the 1990s, New York trumpet player Steven Bernstein has been the ringleader of this occasional quartet. This recent album was recorded at a home studio and its rough-hewn quality is just right.


The Art Ensemble of Chicago's Free-Wheeling Style Shines In 'Message to Our Folks'

Monday, May 15, 2017

Paul Steinbeck's new book chronicles the antics, both on and off stage, of the storied jazz ensemble. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Message to Our Folks celebrates the band's success on their own terms.


Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim Proves Himself A One-Man Movement On 'Ancient Africa'

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The reissued album features the sound of the South African musician once known as Dollar Brand. Critic Kevin Whitehead says: "When Abdullah got a-rumbling, his piano was like a force of nature."


Celebrating The Centennial Of Jazz Legend Ella Fitzgerald

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fitzgerald, who died in 1996, had her first hits with Chick Webb's big band before going out on her own in the 1940s. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Fitzgerald at her best is as good as it gets.


Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Melds Jazz And Hip-Hop Beats On 'Ruler Rebel'

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

The New-Orleans-born trumpeter salutes the earliest jazz recordings on his new album. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Ruler Rebel showcases Adjuah's "commanding personal voice and ... sense of direction."


Frank Carlberg's Big Band Takes Extended Flights On Familiar Monk Themes

Monday, March 13, 2017

Monk Dreams, Hallucinations and Nightmares, by the Finish-born pianist and composer, is a meditation on Thelonious Monk's "odd but catchy melodies," says jazz critic Kevin Whitehead.


Remembering Dutch Jazz Pianist And Composer Misha Mengelberg

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead remembers Mengelberg, who died Friday, as a "musical anarchist" who taught classical counterpoint and wrote dozens of catchy melodies.


Alto Saxophonist Miguel Zenón Evokes Folkloric Melodies On 'Típico'

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Puerto Rican jazz musician leads his long-running quartet on his new album. Critic Kevin Whitead says Típico is full of "feverishly intricate music that ... comes from the heart."


'Jumpin' At The Woodside' Catches Count Basie And His Band Honing Their Art

Monday, February 13, 2017

A new sampler features live cuts of Count Basie's band in New York from 1938 to 1940. Jazz Critic Kevin Whitehead says Jumpin' at the Woodside is full of "pretty terrific" music.


BassDrumBone Marks 40 Years Of Playing Together With 'The Long Road'

Monday, January 23, 2017

Trombonist Ray Anderson, bassist Mark Helias and drummer Gerry Hemingway first played together as a trio in 1977. Critic Kevin Whitehead says their new double album proves they can still deliver.