Kevin Whitehead

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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.


Remembering The Jazz Greats Who Died In 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Critic Kevin Whitehead remembers the jazz notables who died this year, including vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, singer/pianist Mose Allison, pianist Paul Bley and trumpeter Paul Smoker.


6 Jazz Virtuosos Share The Stage In 'The Concert Of The Century'

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Kevin Whitehead reviews a newly released recording of the '80 Montreal concert in which Dizzy Gillespie is joined by jazz legends Milt Jackson, Hank Jones, Ray Brown, James Moody and Philly Joe Jones.


Mary Halvorson Leaves Some Room For Weirdness In 'Away With You'

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Halvorson, a prolific jazz guitarist, plays with harmonies and melodies as she leads an eight-piece band on her new album. Critic Kevin Whitehead calls Away With You "richer than ever."


Wadada Leo Smith Celebrates The Centennial Of America's National Parks

Monday, October 17, 2016

Five decades after Smith began recording, the trumpeter and composer is having his moment. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews America's National Parks, recorded by Smith's Golden Quintet.


Two New Records Showcase The Range Of Jazz Drummer Andrew Cyrille

Monday, October 03, 2016

Proximity highlights the potential of the drums, while The Declaration of Musical Independence emphasizes soundscapes. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Cyrille's albums are a study in contrasts.


Jim Black's Trio Comes Into Its Own With A Lovely, 'Constant' Album

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."


'Musical Monsters' Revisits A 1980 Concert By Cornet Player Don Cherry

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.


New Releases Capture 'Inimitable' Tenor Saxophonist In His Neglected '70s Prime

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.


'Unheard Bird' Gives Fresh Insight Into Charlie Parker's Musical Genius

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.


The Enduring Musical Influence Of Electric Guitarist Charlie Christian

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."


Jazz Pianist Dan Cray's 'Outside In' Features Slow Tempos, Meandering Melodies

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.