Kevin Whitehead

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'On The Way To Two' Offers A Snapshot Of A True Jazz Partnership

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The posthumous release of an album recorded 10 years ago showcases the interplay between the late trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and his longtime pianist John Taylor. Critic Kevin Whitehead has a review.


The 'Complete Bee Hive Recordings' Buzz With The Energy Of '70s Mainstream Jazz

Monday, November 02, 2015

A new 12-CD box set by Mosaic features a number of superior musicians who aren't household names, like saxophonists Nick Brignola and Sal Nistico. Critic Kevin Whitehead has a review.


'Tomeka Reid Quartet' Offers A Tightly Synchronized Mix Of Cello And Guitar

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Cellist Tomeka Reid was headed toward a career as a classical musician, but was drawn to jazz. Critic Kevin Whitehead says her band's new album, The Tomeka Reid Quartet, has good chemistry all around.


Singer Blurs The Lines Between East And West On 'Sounds And Cries Of the World'

Monday, October 05, 2015

Singer Jen Shyu was born in Illinois, but spent years in East Asia, studying regional music, languages and literature. Critic Kevin Whitehead says that Shyu's research echoes throughout her new album.


Revisiting The Intense Twists And Turns Of Garner's 'Concert By The Sea'

Monday, September 21, 2015

In 1955, pianist Erroll Garner's trio played in Carmel, Calif. A new complete edition of the Concert By The Sea album has just been released. Critic Kevin Whitehead has a review.


A Working Jazz Band Shows Off Its Polish In 'Canada Day IV'

Monday, September 14, 2015

Eight years ago, jazz drummer and composer Harris Eisenstadt put together a quintet called Canada Day. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the group's new album shows the wisdom of sticking together.


Jazz Vocalist Issues A Convincing Calling Card With 'Nothing But Soul'

Friday, August 28, 2015

In her debut album, Tiffany Austin puts her own improvisational, jazzy spin on songs by the late composer Hoagy Carmichael. Critic Kevin Whitehead calls Austin "a singer to keep an ear on."


'The Thompson Fields' Mixes Prairie Dreaming With A Big-Band Beat

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Composer Maria Schneider draws on her rural Minnesota roots in her new album. Critic Kevin Whitehead says that while Schneider can do grandeur, "once in awhile, the majesty gets a little too purple."


Trombonist Ku-umba Frank Lacy Brings 'Ernest Intensity' To 'Mingus Sings'

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Ku-umba Frank Lacy provides vocals on the new record by the Mingus Big Band. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the album, which is dedicated to the late Charles Mingus, is "worthy of the Mingus brand."


New Release Features Jazz Flutist Sam Most's 'Breathy, Punchy Sound'

Monday, July 27, 2015

From the Attic of My Mind is a batch of reissues drawn from the old Xanadu catalog of Sam Most recordings. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the late flutist makes "every note in a fast phrase pop out."


Reissue Of Thelonious Monk's 'Riverside Recordings' Shows A Star On The Rise

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue of The Complete Riverside Recordings of pianist Thelonious Monk. He says it's really the story of two men: Monk and late record producer Orrin Keepnews.


Duke Ellington's 'Plank Session' Offers Snapshots Of A Jazz Master At Work

Friday, July 10, 2015

In July 1970, Duke Ellington recorded two tunes engineered by Conny Plank. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says The Conny Plank Session, which is now on CD, is a window onto Ellington's working method.


'BrotherLee Love' Offers A Fearless, Fresh Tribute To Trumpeter Lee Morgan

Monday, June 29, 2015

Terell Stafford and his quintet bring a warm and hefty tone to a tribute album honoring the late Philadelphia horn player Lee Morgan. Kevin Whitehead says the new album is risky — but successful.


Michael Gibbs And Bill Frisell Team Up On A New Big Band Record

Friday, June 12, 2015

In the 1970s guitarist Bill Frisell was a student of jazz composer and arranger Michael Gibbs at Boston's Berklee College of Music. This is the album some Frisell fans have been wishing for.


The Gary Peacock Trio Balances Introspection And Drive In 'Now This'

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Bassist Gary Peacock, pianist Marc Copland and drummer Joey Baron bring an airy, elastic swing to their new album, Now This. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the players pull the melodies together well.


In 'Take Off,' Ramon Valle Makes The Piano Sing

Monday, May 18, 2015

Despite its clarity and cohesion, Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the new album from Cuban pianist Ramon Valle and his trio is half knock-out, half schmaltzy.


'The In Crowd': An Audience-Fueled Jazz-Pop Crossover Hit

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fifty years ago in a Washington, DC nightclub, the Ramsey Lewis Trio recorded "The In Crowd," a rare jazz single that landed on the pop charts. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the fans were half the show.


Two Takes On Billie Holiday

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead looks at a couple tribute albums to the jazz singer.


Billie Holiday's Voice Was Always Her Own

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Holiday was born 100 years ago Tuesday in Philadelphia. Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead has some thoughts on Holiday's changing style, her influences, and singers she influenced.


Art Pepper's Startling Intensity Captured On Live Recordings

Monday, March 30, 2015

Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says that Art Pepper played like he was making up for lost time.