Peter Westbrook

Peter Westbrook

Those who love big-band jazz should go down on their knees and thank Art Lillard and his kind. The New York based drummer/arranger/bandleader has been leading the 12 or 13 …
After posting a review of Maria Schneider's brilliant concert at the University of Maryland last November, it came as something of a surprise to me to find no reviews of he…
For me there are always contradictions with this type of music. As I discovered myself after an extended involvement with free playing, it isn't free; it imposes a set of s…
This is an interesting set by an unusual trio. Denominators appear to be a relatively new group-certainly this is their first recording. More details are hard to find as ne…
One of the dangers a critic faces is becoming jaded. Over exposure to recordings and concerts can make even high quality recordings--and there are many of them--seem mundan…
Here is something interesting from an unusual artist. An Irish born flautist presently living in the Netherlands, John Devitt has studied at The Royal Irish Academy of Musi…
One of the associations, both musical and personal, most cherished by trombonist Steve Turre was that with the legendary multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, "The fir…
After more than twenty albums and a Grammy award, Dave Valentin is well-established as a leader, and as the pre-eminent flutist in the Latin jazz realm. By now, then, Valen…
After more than twenty albums and a Grammy award, Dave Valentin is well-established as a leader, and perhaps the pre-eminent flutist, in the Latin jazz realm. So, by now, V…
Brazilian music, writes Paquito D'Rivera, "is the most balanced formula of rhythm-melody-harmony in the world." As a prime example of that you need look no further than …