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JAZZ2K: Top Discs for September, Part I

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Reviews by J Hunter

Okay, I’ve been sloughing off on this feature for WAY too long! And since September is essentially Jazz Month in Greater Nippertown (with the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, Jazz at the Lake, and – of course – the return of A Place For Jazz), here are a few discs I’ve been meaning to talk about for some time. Next week, I’ll talk about some new stuff on the way, some of which you can see performed live this month! Until then, feast your eyes and feed your ears:

Stanton Moore: ConversationsSTANTON MOORE
Conversations (Royal Potato Family)
When I heard Galactic drummer/leader Stanton Moore was doing a straight-ahead release, I was decidedly unenthusiastic. Then I saw the liner notes for Conversations and exclaimed, “Stanton Moore AND David Torkanovsky? FUCK yeah!!” Torkanovsky’s one of those righteous NOLA pianists who proves technical excellence and downright fun are not mutually exclusive. Moore does play it (kinda) straight, with killing takes on bassist James Singleton’s waltzing “Lauren Z” and the Herbie Hancock cruiser “Driftin’,” but dancing tracks like “Carnival,” “Tchefunkta” and “Big Greaze” have that Galactic “LET’S PARTY” attitude in full force. A piano trio disc you can party to! Who knew?



LIVE: SFJAZZ Collective @ The Egg, 3/4/12

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
SF JAZZ Collective

SF JAZZ Collective

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

I didn’t just see SFJAZZ Collective’s 2011 release “Music of Stevie Wonder and Original Compositions” as one of the best discs of last year; I also saw it as the gelling of the most experimental collection of musicians ever to fly SFJAZZ’s flag. That was the main reason why I was so psyched about the Collective bringing the Wonder tribute to The Egg… and why my heart started sinking about three minutes into the first number.

Thankfully, the drop was only temporary.


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