Kevin Whitehead appears in the following:
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Drummer Jim Black slips rock-ish beats beats under a jazz groove on his trio's new album. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the sound on
The Constant has a distinctive edge that "pops out of the speakers."
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Cherry joined with four internationally known jazz improvisers for a playful session at a Swiss festival in 1980. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the music they made still sounds fresh 36 years later.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
As one of the very first bebop tenor saxophonists, Teddy Edwards mixed awesome technique with irresistibly slinky phrases. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two reissues,
Inimitable and Feelin's.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Decades after Parker's death, a new album compiles previously unknown performances by the alto sax legend. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the record will please both jazz experts and casual listeners.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Born in 1916, Christian died when he was just 25 years old. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead calls him "the single greatest influence on a signature 20th-century instrument."
Monday, July 18, 2016
Much of the music on Cray's new album stems from a year he spent teaching at the University of Nevada in Reno. Critic Kevin Whitehead says
Outside In is a reminder of the power of open spaces.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The New Orleans-based musician completed recording his final album a month before he died last November. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead calls
American Tunes a "fond last look" at Toussaint's talent.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Wilson, who has been leading bands for 20 years, rounds up many of those players on his new tribute album. Critic Kevin Whitehead says
Big Happy Family is full of humor and heart.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Growing up, trumpeter Vu found inspiration in Metheny's music. Now the two collaborate on the album,
Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny. Kevin Whitehead says the record showcases their musical chemistry.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Peterson's partners are two brothers who are a generation younger than him. The album
Triangular III catches this working band in action.
Friday, May 06, 2016
Jazz stars David Murray, Geri Allen and Terri Lyne Carrington first played together last year in New York. Now they come together with the new album,
Perfection. Critic Kevin Whitehead has a review.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
The 85-year-old saxophonist's new album features live recordings made between 1979 and 2012. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead calls
Holding The Stage a "mixed bag" with a few "real gems."
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer doesn't play on his new jazz album, but critic Kevin Whitehead says
Old Locks and Irregular Verbs is nevertheless a perfect introduction to Threadgill's voice.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Lage mixes jazz, blues and swing on his new trio album with Scott Colley and Kenny Wollesen. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says that Lage really hits his stride in
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Pianist Aruán Ortiz grew up in Cuba and lived in Spain a few years before moving to the US in 2002. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Ortiz's new trio music is fully bilingual.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Music from Thad Jones and Mel Lewis' first and seventh Mondays at the Village Vanguard is out on a new two-CD set. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says
All My Yesterdays explodes with creative energy.
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."
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.
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.
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.