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Music Review: Butch Walker – ‘Stay Gold’

butch walker stay gold

There are hundreds if not thousands of guys across America trying to make music like Butch Walker's new solid-rock album. They nearly always end up sounding maudlin, cheap, derivative, or all three. Walker raises the freshest crop out of this heartland ground I've heard in ages. Read More »

Music Review: Corey Kendrick Trio – ‘Rootless’

Rootless from the Corey Kendrick Trio

The Corey Kendrick Trio combines the infectious swing of the Oscar Peterson Trio and the intricate interaction of the Bill Evans Trio with a modern harmonic sensibility to create a truly dynamic group sound. Established while studying under Rodney Whitaker at Michigan State, the Corey Kendrick Trio has developed their melody-driven, straight-ahead sound over two and a half years of extensive performing. Read More »

Music Review: Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra – ‘Portraits and Places’

Portraits and Places from the Scott Reeves Orchestra

After years of writing for Dave Liebman’s Big Band, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Bill Mobley’s Smoke Big Band, and the BMI Jazz Composers Orchestra, brassman/composer Scott Reeves launched his own 16-piece jazz orchestra in 2008. Their 2016 debut release, Portraits and Places, features seven Reeves originals, along with his arrangement of Jobim’s, “Waters of March.” He has forged an original compositional style which All About Jazz described as “varied and substantial, ranging from hard bop and Latin oriented themes...to French impressionist influences. His arrangements are restless, full of color, and provide ample solo space...amidst variable underpinnings.” Read More »

Music Review: Sound Underground – ‘Quiet Spaces’

Quiet Spaces from Sound Underground

True to Wayne Shorter’s mantra, a spirit of curiosity permeates 'Quiet Spaces.' From beginning to end, the trio leaves no stone unturned. They question the tuneful themes of the opening “Tiny Kingdom” and the title track “Quiet Spaces,” reshaping them through wide emotional landscapes. On “Awake With A Start” they examine the moment of being startled and discover its multitude of hues in Leon’s playful solo. Indeed, the three seem to find inspiration in the most unexpected of places. This is most apparent in the two-part “$2.43 Regular Unleaded,” which takes the hocketing beeps from a car door and a gas pump on a dizzying, mechanistic joy ride. Read More »