Mark Keresman

Mark Keresman

Of all the bands that made the news/broke the mold/made the biggest splashes in the heyday/glory days of the first wave of Fusion (1969-1974), the UK outfit Soft Machine…
The Stryker/Slagle Band is my kind o' mainstream jazz outfit - if fact, this is a modernist/progressive combo in mainstream dress. Stryker/Slagle have an immediate "swing" …
ALL THE TIME one hears of the archetypical singers - Ol' Blue Eyes, Lady Day, Ella, Anita (O'Day), Tony, Joe Williams.... all well and good, yet Chet Baker hardly ever g…
And to think there was a time when This Writer wasn't all that excited by piano trios.... as a lad, I respected them, true, but I was always thinking, "Where's the horns…
Anyone bemoaning jazz today because of that "dour seriousness syndrome" present in so many manifestations just needs to listen to Louis Hayes' Cannonball Legacy Band's <…
In 1980s New York City, the late, great Microscopic Septet were the greatest, swinging-est, coolest, hottest avant-anachronistic combo that ever was, only darn few outsi…
Though fellows like Krupa, Rich, Roach, Blakey, and Haynes generally get all the props when it comes to jazz drumming, there IS one fellow that hugged the background for…
Brad Mehldau is a modern master of the piano, an eclectic and very creative musician in mainstream clothing, at home with jazz standards as well as songs by the Beatles …
Guitarist/singer Jimmy Thackery is known to aficionados of contemporary electric blues as a former member of the legendary DC proto-blue-wavers the Nighthawks, but for t…
In recent years, there seems to be a greater "above-ground," i.e., not limited to die-hard fans and collectors, awareness and appreciation of "roots music." It includes …