Friday, December 26, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Joe Locke. Force of Four.
Dafnis Prieto. Taking the Soul for a Walk. Dafnison Music.
Donny McCaslin. Recommended Tools. Greenleaf.
Donny's explores the trio as the "most intimate" configuration, and reveals a huge personality behind his sound. Terrific technique never suffered less for expression of emotion.
Bill Dixon with the Exploding Star Orchestra. Thrill Jockey.
I've heard several people, one a big swell who should know whereof he speaks, that Bill Dixon is coasting on his achievements of thirty years ago. Being one who coasts on the 70s—when you and I were young, Billy--I should be able to see it, but I don't. He's amazing. 83 is the new 40. I've been listening to small group and solo Dixon over the years, so hearing Dixon's round black tone inside this big band thing is an especial treat. It's cantankerous and fiddly and loud without being muddy, or fey, and I love it. And Mazurek is doing now what he'll "coast on" thirty years hence ….
Paolo Fresu. Mare Nostrum. ACT.
Bennie Maupin. Early Reflections. Cryptogramophone.
Sheer unadulterated pure scary beauty.
Miguel Zenon. Awake. Marsalis Music.
Ben Allison. Little Things Rule the World. Palmetto.
Adam Kolker. Flag Day. Sunny Side
Nicholas Payton, Into the Blue. Nonesuch.
Extremely Honorable Mention
Mary Halvorson — Dragon's Head (Firehouse 12)
John Ellis. Dance Like There's No Tomorrow. HYENA.
David Sanchez. Cultural Survival. Concord Picante.
Harris Eisenstadt — Guewel (Clean Feed)
Conrad Herwig. Latin Side of John Coltrane. Reissue of My Year.
McCoy Tyner, Guitars. Half Note.
Don Cherry — Live at Cafe Montmartre 1966, Vol. 2 (ESP)
Things tipping over into next year (I haven't heard but want to):
Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet — Tabligh (Cuneiform)
Chico Hamilton, Andrew Hill, Dreams Come True, Joyous Shout, 2008
Taylor Ho Bynum — Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths (Hatology)
Ari Hoenig, Bert's Playground (Dreyfus)
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Manuel Valera: FORMA NUEVA “nebulism” 5:32
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Our last show of 2008 is a great one! We're proud to present the Anat
Cohen Quartet on Tuesday, December 9 at 8 pm in the Kate Buchanan Room on
the HSU campus.
Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students and seniors and are
on sale now online at http://www.redwoodjazzalliance.org/tickets.htm and
at Peoples Records and the Works in Arcata and Eureka.
The Israeli-born clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen is one of the most
heralded young jazz musicians today. The Jazz Journalists Association
named Anat Cohen its "Up and Coming Musician of the Year" for 2007, and
since then her profile has only grown: more awards from DownBeat and the
JJA; headlining gigs at the Village Vanguard; feature stories in Jazz
Times, DownBeat and on NPR; and a star turn at this year's Monterey Jazz
Festival. Live performances by her quartet have reviewers gushing. "Sheer
musicality is their guiding force," says Jazz Times; "they just see no
reason not to have a hell of a grand time playing." Here's a sampling of
her other recent press:
"Yes, she is the real deal."—The New York Times
"Cohen makes it seem easy, mixing a gift for melody and an improvisational
fluidity that has few peers today."—DownBeat Magazine
"Cohen has emerged as one of the brightest, most original young
instrumentalists in jazz...[she] has expanded the vocabulary of jazz with
a distinctive accent of her own."—The Washington Post
"She alludes to the mystical in a merry way."—The Village Voice
An accomplished bandleader and prolific composer, conversant in modern and
traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and a
wide range of Afro-Cuban styles, Anat Cohen has established herself as one
of the primary voices of her generation on clarinet and soprano and tenor
Her quartet includes another Israeli-born musician, Gilad Hekselman on
guitar, along with the Americans Joe Martin on bass (here last year with
David Berkman) and Daniel Freedman on drums.
For more about Cohen and to hear streaming audio of her music, go to
Become a member of the RJA and help us continue to bring world-class jazz
artists to Humboldt County. http://redwoodjazzalliance.org/underwrtg.htm
The Redwood Jazz Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to jazz
performance and education by visiting artists in Humboldt County. For more
information about us, please visit our web site at