Kevin Whitehead

Kevin Whitehead appears in the following:

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.


Jazz Legend Allen Toussaint's Touch And Timing Shine On His Last Record

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.


Jazz Drummer Matt Wilson's 'Big Happy Family' Is Heartfelt And Harmonious

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.


Kindred Spirits Cuong Vu And Pat Metheny Come Together In A New Jazz Album

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.


Ralph Peterson Proves We're In A Golden Age Of Jazz Piano Trios

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.


Power Trio Mixes Old And New, And The Result Is 'Perfection'

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.


Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Revisits Past Performances With 'Holding The Stage'

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."


Henry Threadgill Doubles Up On 'Old Locks And Irregular Verbs'

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.


Guitar Prodigy Julian Lage Finds His Sweet Spot With 'Arclight'

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 Arclight.


Ortiz's 'Hidden Voices' Mixes Cuban Strains With Modern Jazz

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.


'All My Yesterdays' Captures The Beginning Of A 50-Year Engagement

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.


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.