COUNTING BEATS

Reviews and Recommended Jazz by Nick Bewsey

Tag: Jason Moran

JOSE JAMES, YESTERDAY I HAD THE BLUES (The Music Of Billie Holiday)

A TOP RECORDING OF 2015. Singer/songwriter Jose James has a fluid baritone that smolders as much as it seduces. His original albums veer easily from jazz to soul and pop to grinding rock and rhythm and blues, which tells you he’s not especially hemmed in by labels or genre. As a composer and narrator, he croons as a friend, brother, a confidant or a lover. On stage, he works a persona that’s vulnerable and often sensual, with an effortless charisma and natural charm. He’s a connector — which makes him an ideal interpreter of the songs of Billie Holiday. Continue reading

JASON MORAN, ALL RISE: A JOYFUL ELEGY FOR FATS WALLER

A TOP JAZZ RECORD OF 2014. Sometimes jazz has to open doors to invite new fans and listeners in, an idea that visionary pianist Jason Moran approaches squarely and adroitly on All Rise. It’s an album unlike anything else he has produced. Continue reading

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