Adventurous jazz is not always as much fun to listen to as it is on Hero Trio, a stellar meeting of compositions, arrangements, and astute performances propelled by real passion.
The exhilarating power of live music in a small club blazed forth whenever the momentum built loud and hard toward a stirring transition.
There’s much to admire in If There Are Mountains, modulated pathos as well as subtle joys.
The advantage of localism enjoyed by a club down the block disappears in cyberspace.
This is virtuosity-driven chamber music with fluctuating levels of oxygen, shadows, and light.
The precision and inventiveness of Angular Blues more than meets our high expectations for this terrific trio.
Decades on, Matthew Shipp and Whit Dickey have grown into mature models of how to keep the faith when following an idiosyncratic muse.
Yes, purchasing this EP will help out a good cause, but the musical value of this fabulous duo’s performance is priceless.
This is an intelligent, inventively performed, be-boppish tribute to a composer I now know better than ever.
A review of the 60th anniversary reissue of Frank Sinatra’s album Nice ‘n’ Easy. Though not without a few rounds with the Sinatra mythology — not the complicated man, but his music.