Kevin Whitehead

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After A Painful Year, Bud Powell's Triumpant 1953 Return

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.


Box Set Illustrates Clifford Jordan's Impeccable Taste In Musicians

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.


Still 'Out To Lunch' 50 Years Later

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.


In Session: Frank Wess' 'Magic 201' Offers One Last Lesson

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

There's something tender and specific about the ways elders like Frank Wess shaped their notes.


Too Much Of A Good Thing? Jane Ira Bloom's Beautiful Ballads

Friday, January 31, 2014

On Sixteen Sunsets, the soprano saxophonist varies and honors melody like Billie Holiday.


Lafayette Gilchrist: An Old Soul, At Ease In A Modern World

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.


Kenny Clarke, Inventor Of Modern Jazz Drumming, At 100

Thursday, January 09, 2014

The drummer known as "Klook" was a founder of bebop — and a man endlessly open to possibilities.


Michele Rosewoman Goes Back To Afro-Cuban Jazz's Future

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.


Holiday Music To Bring Folks Together

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.


Ella Fitzgerald's Early Years Collected In A Chick Webb Box Set

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"This is it," Webb said of Fitzgerald. "I have a real singer now. That's what the public wants."


William Parker's Abstract Grooves Collected In Box Set

Thursday, December 05, 2013

With six concerts spread over eight discs, Wood Flute Songs documents the bassist's exhaustive and creative live output.


No Need To Cook The Books: Booker Ervin's Debut LP Reissued

Monday, November 11, 2013

Down-home and majestic, the tenor saxophonist's sound was like a cane stalk shooting up out of rich earth. His 1960 album The Book Cooks features fellow sax-man Zoot Sims in a friendly square-off.


Amir ElSaffar Navigates Uncharted Blue Notes On 'Alchemy'

Monday, November 04, 2013

Alchemy is a step forward in defining and refining the trumpeter's mix of jazz and Iraqi rhythms.


When Duke Flirted With The Queen

Monday, September 09, 2013

Duke Ellington's piece for Queen Elizabeth II is included in a new collection of late-period suites.


'Beauty' On Orrin Evans' Block

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Evans can be a heavy hitter at the keyboard, but on his new album, he reins himself in a bit.


'Looking For The Next One' Reveals An Underappreciated Sax Trio

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A new double set of unreleased S.O.S. tunes, Looking for the Next One on the Cuneiform label, was recorded in concert and in the studio in the mid-1970s. John Surman, Mike Osborne and Alan Skidmore could sound timeless, of and ahead of their time.

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'The Edenfred Files': Darryl Harper's Blues-Infused Jazz

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

On the clarinetist's latest album, the blues might be modernized or tweaked, but it's never far away. Fresh Air's jazz critic says The Edenfred Files is modest in a good way, like a musical chapbook or novella. The scale suits Harper's pointedly focused music.


Two New Jazz Albums Recall The Wide Open Spaces of The West

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Oregon saxophonist Rich Halley takes inspiration from the Wallowa mountain range on his new album Crossing the Passes. On Boss of the Plains, Chicago-based trio Wheelhouse makes music that evokes the Great Plains and wind chimes on a porch when the weather changes.


'My Ellington': A Pianist Gives Duke Her Personal Touch

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

As a Japanese expatriate in Berlin, jazz pianist Aki Takase has an outsider's perspective on jazz and insider wisdom that comes from careful study. Her new album of Duke Ellington tunes reflects influences such as Thelonious Monk and Arnold Schoenberg, as well.


Cécile McLorin Salvant: Making Old Songs New Again

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The 23-year-old jazz phenom's debut album showcases her takes on vintage jazz and blues numbers by Bessie Smith, Fats Waller and others. You can trace some of her effects back to jazz greats like Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter and Abbey Lincoln.