Kevin Whitehead

Kevin Whitehead appears in the following:

Steve Lacy's Monk Quartet, Solo Sax Albums Reissues

Monday, December 08, 2014

Lacy ran with Monk's wisdom, beginning with the idea your voice as jazz composer starts with your sound and timing as an improviser.


Three Books For The Jazz Lover On Your List

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a singer's biography, a pianist's autobiography, and a fat coffee table book.


Eric Hofbauer Takes On Stravinsky, Messiaen

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Boston jazz guitarist tackles the Rite of Spring and Quartet for the End of Time on a pair of new CDs.


Oliver Lake: New Music Grounded In Old Truths

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Since the 1970s, Lake has led numerous bands of his own, including an occasional big band, and an organ quartet. That organ group is one to watch.


An Unofficial Memorial For Jazz Greats Jim Hall And Charlie Haden

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hall and Haden performed as a duo at a concert in Montreal in 1990. Plans to release the album, Charlie Haden - Jim Hall, were in place before both artists passed away within the last year.


One Final Offering From John Coltrane

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Eight months before he died of cancer, John Coltrane played a concert at Temple University in Philadelphia that proved too much for some listeners.


Jason Moran Modernizes Fats Waller, With Uneven Results

Monday, September 22, 2014

Now that the pianist's Fats Waller project tours and has a new album, Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead admits to mixed feelings.


In Tenor Saxophonist Mark Turner's New Album, The Music Unfolds Like A Narrative

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Turner's new quartet album Lathe of Heaven gets its name from Ursula K. LeGuin's novel. A lot of action happens at thoughtful medium tempos, and there's beautiful dissonance in the two-horn harmonies.


A Sleek And Busy Walk With Jean-Luc Ponty

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Before Ponty came to the States, he already had his concept. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the digital reissue of Sunday Walk.


Two Tenors Inspired By A Saxophone Colossus

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two albums by Thelonious Monk jazz competition winners: Melissa Aldana and Joshua Redman.


Jaki Byard, A Post-Bebop Pianist Who Was A Master Of Stride Piano

Friday, August 08, 2014

On The Late Show, a set of previously unheard solo music from 1979, the jazz pianist employs techniques like suspenseful dropouts. He had a rare ability to sound archaic — and way ahead of his time.


The Westerlies Come On Home With Horvitz

Monday, July 07, 2014

The brass players' debut album is a set of pieces by Seattle-based composer and improviser Wayne Horvitz


Remembering Horace Silver, Hard Bop Pioneer

Friday, June 20, 2014

Jazz pianist, bandleader and composer Horace Silver died Wednesday at age 85. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead says that Silver had been off the scene awhile, but his influence is as strong as ever.


A Double Dose Of Ronald Shannon Jackson's Free-Funk

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society's Man Dance and its sequel Barbeque Dog are now available again as downloads, after being out of print for ages.


Jazz Pianist Ted Rosenthal Has A Feel For Gershwin

Friday, May 30, 2014

Rosenthal has played George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" solo and with symphonic and jazz orchestras. Now he's recorded a version for jazz trio as part of an all-Gershwin album.


In 1970, Miles Davis Played Four Sets For A New Audience

Friday, May 16, 2014

That June, Miles Davis played four nights at the New York rock palace Fillmore East. Those performances are now out in full for the first time.


Review: Drummer Billy Hart's 'One Is The Other'

Friday, May 02, 2014

Hart has recorded hundreds of albums, backing, among many others, pianist Herbie Hancock. But he sometimes records under his own name too, especially now that he has a well-seasoned quartet.


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.