John Doll

John Doll

This is the debut album of a New York ensemble, named Spooky Actions, that features the work of Anton Webern, an early twentieth century composer of serialist, or atonal, m…
At best, "Sax Across America" is the type of music you’d hear when you are trying to talk to a warm body at your bank which recently has been swallowed up by a larger bank …
At the start of Christian McBride’s new CD, "Vertical Vision," there is a very short introduction called ‘Circa 1990’ that reveals what the rest of the pieces aren’t suppos…
Plutarch wrote that "Music, to create harmony, must investigate discord." Kenny Garrett explores hard-driving dissonance on opening tracks of his recent release "Standard o…
Songs and Lullabies is an extremely apt title on this duo recording by pianist Fred Hersch and vocalist Norma Winstone. Accompanying Winstone, Hersch plays elegantly enough…
True to his Berkeley roots, tenor saxophonist Dave Ellis is a gifted performer that absorbs and weaves different strands of cultural influences into his music. While Berkel…
New Groove Blues could easily have been titled ‘Blue Coastal Breezes.’ The melodies caressed by the quartet made up of Steve Yeager on vibes, Tony Monaco on organ, Clay Moo…
Playboy Jazz and Concord Records have released "Jazz after Dark," a two-disc compilation whose theme is romance and seduction. The liner notes state that is a "perfect comp…
Appropriately titled, "Among Friends" celebrates the 80th birthday of trumpet veteran, Joe Wilder, backed by his favorite musicians that include jazz luminaries ranging fro…
Phantoms may finally be the break-through album for composer and saxophonist Virginia Mayhew. It is a shame that she is not more widely recognized and appreciated. "Phantom…