Murray Reams

Murray Reams

Knowing that there is much good European Jazz that never makes it to the U.S. market, I was excited at the prospect of reviewing this collection from the UK label LINN. …
Historically, there have been a number of interesting attempts to create a "third stream" of sorts merging Country/Western/Bluegrass and Jazz: from the origins of "Weste…
The first release from Paul Carr as a leader in 13 years titled Just Noodlin’ is actually anything but. Carr is a hard-hitting, straight-ahead Texas tenor that …
We are drawn to certain recordings because of the bandleader (Parker and Monk come to mind) while the attraction of others is tied to the band as much as to the leader (…
Pianist and soprano saxophonist Joel Futterman and multi-reedman Ike Levin proceed directly from the free jazz tradition often referred to as "energy music" that was pio…
Geographical movements in artistic circles are not uncommon. The progressive impulse in painting so evident in early-20th century Paris was firmly entrenched in Manhatta…
There is a certain loquaciousness that often attaches itself to the avant-garde in the world of music, one need look no further than the writings of Xenakis or Cage to w…
Coleman Hawkins’s penchant for recording with young lions toward the end of his career sometimes resulted in near-catastrophe (witness the 1963 Sonny Meets Hawk! …