James Brandon Lewis Trio – “No Filter” Review
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James Brandon Lewis Trio – “No Filter” Review

JAMES BRANDON LEWIS TRIO – No Filter (BNS Sessions): Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis started his career heavily steeped in avant-garde, so much so that he recruited avant-garde godfather William Parker to play bass on his 2014 release Divine Travels. But Lewis traded in the artsy, sporadic meandering for a more focused and rhythm-centric sound, absorbing … Continue reading

Robert Glasper and Mumford & Sons – Reviews
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Robert Glasper and Mumford & Sons – Reviews

ROBERT GLASPER – Everything’s Beautiful (Blue Note): I know I’ll be vilified for this, but I feel that, for example, the way Madlib fucks around on the opening track of Madvillainy—with its cut-and-pasted vocal samples from random vintage flicks, sporadic bass droplets, muffled horns, and comical narration—is an infinitely more listenable sample of what an … Continue reading

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Jazz Notes, 1/23: Mostly Other People Do the Killing’s “Blue”

Moppa Elliot, Composer of Kind of Blue MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING – Blue (Hot Cup ’14): Pretty sure it’s impossible to detail what this painstaking note-for-note recreation of Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue is meant to signify. Bassist and bandleader Moppa Elliot made it pretty clear in an interview that there are all sorts … Continue reading

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Record Bulletin/Jazz Notes, 11/28: Charles Lloyd, Jason Moran, et al.

More Moran Did a complete 180 on Jason Moran’s All Rise, which I originally planned to lump in with the couple other lemons here. But something happened on a Saturday morning and that was that. It’s a pretty bizarre choice given my personal proclivities. More than that, there are still a few jazz records I haven’t … Continue reading

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Record Bulletin/Jazz Notes, 9/20: Cyrus Chestnut and Stein Urheim

Breakfast Fodder I could listen to jazz any time of the day, but I especially enjoy it in the morning. Nothing too detailed about either of these albums, because, as is to be expected, I’ve no idea how to write about jazz. Should take a class or something. CYRUS CHESTNUT – Midnight Melodies (Smoke Sessions): … Continue reading