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BEST OF 2014: J Hunter’s Best Jazz Albums, Part I

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Reviews by J Hunter

I had planned to write a lot more about new jazz this year, particularly in the last couple of months. Then I found out all it took to move a radio show from one station to another – and that’s BEFORE I had to learn how to drive the tractor-trailer! Well, anyway, I’ll try and do better next year, particularly since this year’s crop gave me over 100 CDs to consider for this list, and the stack’s already growing for 2015!

With that in mind, we’re splitting the column in two again, with the performance awards first:

Bobby Hutcherson: Enjoy The ViewLIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
BOBBY HUTCHERSONEnjoy the View (Blue Note)
Despite long-term health issues, vibes legend Bobby Hutcherson still gets around, making the occasional appearance in concert and – in this case – in his first studio recording as a leader for Blue Note since 1977. And even though Enjoy the View is more of an ensemble date than a star turn, Hutcherson’s elegance (and eloquence) is knockout beautiful on a date that has more than a whiff of Blue Note recordings from back in the day. Whether it’s on altoist David Sanborn’s grooving “Delia,” B3 master Joey DeFrancesco’s bluesy waltz “You” or Hutch’s own roaring flag-waver “Hey Harold,” Hutch brings home the goods every time. Enjoy gives us a sweet time trip, as well as one more tantalizing glimpse of one of the greats. But unlike most looks we get of legends nowadays, this music is happening now.

Arch Stanton Quarte5: Blues For SoliLOCAL HERO AWARD (CD Division):
After creating a sound on their 2012 debut Along for the Ride that nobody else in Greater Nippertown had made, the next goal for the Arch Stanton Quartet was to conjure up another set of kickass originals while avoiding Sophomore Slump. As some guy who likes to paint his feet in the bathtub nowadays might have said: Mission Accomplished. The second half of Blues for Soli says the Stanton Quartet could have made this happen without their whirlwind tour of Egypt in 2013. That said, the tone that’s set by the four monster tunes contained in the opening “Lady Egypt Suite” is about as blood-and-guts tough as you’re going to get. It’s still “garage-band jazz,” in that the ASQ is a no-frills outfit with a license to kill; however, there are layers of richness to this music that were only hinted at on Ride. What the future brings for the ASQ is anyone’s guess, but as far as I’m concerned, the guy in the bathtub said it all: “Bring it on!”



Jazz-2K: CD Picks of the Week

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Four close looks at jazz’s present and one look back at its righteous past:

Sean Jones: No Needs For Words

“No Need for Words”
(Mack Avenue, 2011)
“Love is all around you. All you have to do is look and see.” Sean Jones heard that statement during a tour of Russia, and it got the hot young trumpeter’s creative engine seriously revving. The result is “No Need for Words,” one of the most nuanced looks that love (and its associated aspects) has gotten in a long time. The bright, celebratory vibe of “Look and See” says Jones likes what he sees around him; apparently, so does Obed Calvaire, whose roaring drum solo is the climax this piece deserves. But while altoist Brian Hogans’ warm, rich “Obsession (Cloud Nine)” captures that amazing feeling you get when love is new, “Touch and Go” reminds us that the course of true love, etc., etc., and the electric howler “Love’s Fury” amply demonstrates how fiery passion can become snarling rage. Jones’ last disc “The Search Within” was an undoubted attention-getter, but “Words” is a quantum leap for Jones as composer, player and leader. See what leaving Jazz @ Lincoln Center can do for you?


Live: Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival @ Riverfront Park, 9/11/10

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

John Scofield

John Scofield

This one might just have been the best Albany Riverfront Jazz Fest yet. Really, I don’t know what more you have asked for.


Caffe LenaCartoonist John CaldwellJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantHolly & EvanAdvertise on Nippertown!Hudson SoundsAlbany PoetsBerkshire On StageArtist Charles HaymesLeave Regular Radio BehindThe LindaArtist GG Roberts