Kevin Whitehead

Kevin Whitehead appears in the following:

New Box Set Showcases The Reserved Style Of The Late Jazz Pianist Teddy Wilson

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wilson became famous in the 1930s, playing in Benny Goodman's small groups and recording his own combo sides with a young Billie Holiday. A new collection reveals what else Wilson was up to back then.

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In Paris Recording, Guitarist Wes Montgomery Shows His Head For Melody

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A new reissue catches Montgomery's quartet on their 1965 European tour. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the compilations are elegant and complicated, and you can hear Coltrane's influence throughout.

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Marta Sánchez Creates A Truly International Sound With 'Danza Imposible'

Thursday, December 28, 2017

You might think that Sánchez's Spanish-French-Cuban-Canadian-Israeli quintet would go haywire with so many rhythmic accents in play, but critic Kevin Whitehead says the composer pulls it all together.

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Trombonist Roswell Rudd Packs A Lot Of Wisdom Into Every Note Of 'Embrace'

Friday, December 22, 2017

Rudd started out playing dixieland before graduating to free jazz. Now he's collaborating with singer Fay Victor on his latest album. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Embrace has a "valedictory air."

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A Look Back At 4 Jazz Luminaries Who Died In 2017

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Kevin Whitehead remembers alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe, pianist Geri Allen, guitarist John Abercrombie and singer Jon Hendricks. Each "helped shape jazz after the upheavals of the 1960s," he says.

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Newly Reissued 'Astaire Story' Suffers From A Couple Of Missteps

Friday, December 01, 2017

In 1952, record producer Norman Granz brought six jazz stars into the studio to back a singer from outside their circle: Hollywood song and dance man Fred Astaire.

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Remembering Interdisciplinary Composer Muhal Richard Abrams

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Critic Kevin Whitehead says Abrams, who died last week, was "steeped in jazz, but eager to take on a wider world." Abrams was a co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

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Albums Featuring Drummer Tom Rainey Showcase 2 Styles Of Jazz Counterpoint

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Rainey plays on Jason Stein's Lucille! as well as on his own quintet's record, Float Upstream. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the albums demonstrate the range and glory of jazz counterpoint.

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On The Centennial Of His Birth, A Look Back At Thelonious Monk's Jazz Legacy

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The jazz legend would have turned 100 today. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Monk's music is "universally beloved, by jazz musicians across the stylistic spectrum who might agree about little else."

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Jazz Pianist Harold Mabern Is In Full Command On 'To Love And Be Loved'

Friday, September 22, 2017

Mabern has worked as a pianist for more than half a century. Now he brings brings his confident style and sense of musical history to his latest album, To Love And Be Loved.

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Pianist Vijay Iyer Combines Complicated Rhythms With Modern Style On 'Far From Over'

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Iyer studied physics and mathematics before becoming a professional musician in the 1990s. He composes music for an ensemble of interdisciplinary composers and jazz academics on his new album.

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The Bill Evans Trio Plays With Spontaneity And Grace On 'Another Time'

Monday, August 14, 2017

In 1968, jazz pianist Bill Evans led a trio with Jack DeJohnette and Eddie Gomez. They spent five weeks in Europe; a newly unearthed concert recording catches them live in a Dutch radio studio.

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JD Allen Goes Free Form And Improvisational On 'Radio Flyer'

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tenor saxophonist JD Allen has been leading a group with the same musicians for 10 years now. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the quartet's familiarity helps it hit its groove on Radio Flyer.

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'Ode To Billie Joe' Was A Surprise Hit That Prompted Dozens Of Jazz Versions

Friday, July 14, 2017

Fifty years ago, singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry released a song that described a slice of life in rural Mississippi. Critic Kevin Whitehead shares a few of the jazz covers that followed.

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Nigerian Drummer Tony Allen Revisits His Jazz Roots In A Salute To Art Blakey

Friday, June 30, 2017

Allen mixes African, European and American beats on his new album, A Tribute to Art Blakey. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the record showcases the way that musicians "bat ideas back and forth."

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There's Plenty Of Variety On Sexmob's Scrappy 'Cultural Capital'

Monday, June 26, 2017

Since the 1990s, New York trumpet player Steven Bernstein has been the ringleader of this occasional quartet. This recent album was recorded at a home studio and its rough-hewn quality is just right.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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."

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