Kevin Whitehead

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New Box Set Shows Off The Twisted Rhythms Of Jazz Pianist James P. Johnson

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Johnson was one of the greatest pianists of his time. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the Classic James P. Johnson Sessions (1921-1943) "paints a portrait of a working virtuoso."


The Riffs And Rhythms That Led To Jazz As We Know It

Monday, February 01, 2016

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band's first recording in Feb. 1917 is often cited as the first jazz record ever, but critic Kevin Whitehead says that the roots of jazz stretch a little further back.


From Meditation Music To Whaling Songs, 2 New Records Showcase Berendt's Mashups

Monday, January 18, 2016

German producer and musicologist Joachim-Ernst Berendt was an early champion of so-called world music. Critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two cross-cultural rarities Berendt produced in the late 1960s.


Saxophonist Scott Hamilton Harmonizes With The Jeff Hamilton Trio On 'Live In Bern'

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

For years, Scott Hamilton toured as a soloist. Recently he recorded a new album with drummer Jeff Hamilton's band. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the record showcases Scott Hamilton's ageless style.


Jazz Master Kenny Barron Dazzles As A Soloist 'At The Piano'

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Barron, an official NEA Jazz Master, shines on his recently reissued 1981 solo album. Critic Kevin Whithead says the album is beguiling "no matter how fast or slow or loud or quiet [Barron] gets."


Percussive Piano And Rollicking Swing Float Matthew Shipp's 'Conduct Of Jazz'

Monday, December 07, 2015

Shipp, a mainstay of New York's downtown free jazz scene, likes big blocky chords and loud piano sounds. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the new album by the Matthew Shipp trio is "heavy in a good way."


'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.