pianist Jim Clayton considers New Orleans his home away from home. He spends
considerable vacation time and got married there. He also decided to make his
newest CD in the Crescent City, with four New Orleans-based jazz musicians. Songs My Daughter Knows is on the pianist’s
developed the project around songs familiar to or inspired by his young
daughter, Lenny. It’s an unusual concept, but one that works well. It also
underscores the primary ingredients in making jazz: it’s not about the source
material so much as the improvisational art practiced by versatile musicians,
and their ability to think as one on any given tune. Mixing in a variety of
N’awlins rhythms created a bubbling musical gumbo.
Here’s a link to my full
review from the January 2014 issue of Offbeat.
The splendid jazz trio, featuring
drummer Eddie Metz Jr., bassist Nicki Parrott and pianist Rossano Sportiello,
has been working together for several years, honing a fine, swinging blend of
mainstreamjazz. Often it feels like a
leaderless adventure, with no one person calling all the shots.
Tenor saxophonist Lew Del Gatto honored his tenor sax heroes Friday during a South County Jazz Club concert at the Venice Art Center. The 25-year Saturday Night Live Band mainstay, now living in Naples FL, performed in a quartet format with pianist Judi Gover, bassist Don Mopsick and drummer Patricia Dean.
The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra brought Benny Golson to town last night for a concert that gave spirited and loving extended treatments to the tenor saxophonist’s best-known compositions. Golson put each composition into context with witty and vivid storytelling. The audience at Artis Naples’ Daniels Pavilion in Naples FL was treated to great music - and an appreciation of the time and settings in which he matured as an artist.
This the season for the outpouring of Top 10
lists, and their many variations, for jazz, world events, etc. The jazz lists always have a lot of variation depending on the individual reviewer's personal
tastes, as well as what he or she had a chance to hear during the year.* Bottom
line, all of these are very subjective.
The choices below (aside from top 10 new
songs of the year) were submitted to the Jazz Times and NPR Music 2013
compilations. (The latter is a Francis Davis-produced poll that previously was
published by The Village
Voice and Rhapsody.com).
As I begin
preparing my review of significant events and trends in jazz in 2013 for
posting on allaboutjazz.com, I thought I'd share my "best of 2013"
lists. *Always keep in mind the above caveats.