John Doll

John Doll

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…
The program notes accurately that "Survey" is a collection of original compositions mostly by Matthias Ockert that consist of scraps of electronica, rock and new music unit…
Matt Geraghty offers an eclectic range of influences on his recent album. The overall effect is a bit of a grab bag. The most compelling piece is Geraghty’s ‘Sevilla,’ the …
With studious and radical reworking of pieces, legendary Wayne Shorter creates joy and imagination on his new album, "Alegria." This is his first studio album as a leader i…
Don Lanphere’s career started as an impressive saxophonist in 1949 by playing with legends Fats Navarro, Woody Shaw and Woody Herman. Except for a Woody Herman stint at the…
What is striking about "Witnessing," an album by a Swedish trio of musicians, is its precision and camaraderie in the give and take of their individual performances. The mu…