COUNTING BEATS

Reviews and Recommended Jazz by Nick Bewsey

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JOANNA PASCALE, WILDFLOWER

A WRTI CD RECOMMENDATION. Listening to Joanna Pascale sing is like getting a big hug. Her voice is warm, wise and easy to love. The Philly native has put out fine solo albums previously, but nothing like Wildflower, a deeply felt record that freely mixes pop tunes, blues and outlier standards. Read my full review at www.wrti.org

DAVID BINNEY, ANACAPA

Saxophonist David Binney’s music can be challenging and rambunctious, and his tunes often combine feverish solos played against breathtaking textures whipped up by his rhythm team. His original compositions never stay still for long, yet Anacapa is a departure that’s often reflective and beautiful. There’s an emotive thread that Binney weaves throughout, giving the album a cohesive, inviting flow and his highly collaborative band knuckles down to give each of the leader’s tune a pleasing shine. It keeps the album continuously fresh, even on multiple spins, which helps make Anacapa Binney’s most rewarding effort in his substantial discography. Continue reading

SEAN JONES, im.pro.vise never before seen

A TOP JAZZ RECORD OF 2014. An exceptionally gifted musician and leader, trumpeter Sean Jones has an accomplished track record. As a young man, he turned to jazz after hearing John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. But it was the music of Miles Davis that pushed Jones toward his destiny as a player with the capacity to lead the pack. You can track his career through six previous solo albums for Detroit’s Mack Avenue Records, each of them conceptually interesting, all of them ringing with Jones’s clear, sweet voice on the horn. That’s in addition to holding the lead trumpet chair for the LCJO until 2010, touring in Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock’s Miles Davis Tribute Band and most recently, taking a star turn on Dianne Reeve’s record Beautiful Life, with an ace solo on Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You.” Continue reading

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