Kevin Whitehead appears in the following:
Thursday, September 04, 2014
Turner's new quartet album Lathe of Heaven gets its name from Ursula K. LeGuin's novel. A lot of action happens at thoughtful medium tempos, and there's beautiful dissonance in the two-horn harmonies.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Before Ponty came to the States, he already had his concept. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the digital reissue of Sunday Walk.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two albums by Thelonious Monk jazz competition winners: Melissa Aldana and Joshua Redman.
Friday, August 08, 2014
On The Late Show, a set of previously unheard solo music from 1979, the jazz pianist employs techniques like suspenseful dropouts. He had a rare ability to sound archaic — and way ahead of his time.
Monday, July 07, 2014
The brass players' debut album is a set of pieces by Seattle-based composer and improviser Wayne Horvitz
Friday, June 20, 2014
Jazz pianist, bandleader and composer Horace Silver died Wednesday at age 85. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead says that Silver had been off the scene awhile, but his influence is as strong as ever.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society's Man Dance and its sequel Barbeque Dog are now available again as downloads, after being out of print for ages.
Friday, May 30, 2014
Rosenthal has played George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" solo and with symphonic and jazz orchestras. Now he's recorded a version for jazz trio as part of an all-Gershwin album.
Friday, May 16, 2014
That June, Miles Davis played four nights at the New York rock palace Fillmore East. Those performances are now out in full for the first time.
Friday, May 02, 2014
Hart has recorded hundreds of albums, backing, among many others, pianist Herbie Hancock. But he sometimes records under his own name too, especially now that he has a well-seasoned quartet.
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."