COUNTING BEATS

Reviews and Recommended Jazz by Nick Bewsey

Tag: Peter Bernstein

HAROLD MABERN, AFRO BLUE

A WRTI CD RECOMMENDATION. Pianist Harold Mabern is a two-fisted swinger, a legendary presence presence on the many great Blue Note dates of the 60s who continues to add his distinctive groove to his many solo projects. Read my full review at www.wrti.org

LARRY GOLDINGS, PETER BERNSTEIN, BILL STEWART, RAMSHACKLE SERENADE

Ramshackle Serenade is a great album title for this splendid trio, the supplest and sharpest tuned organ-guitar-drum trio making music today. Their endurance as a unit – they’ve been recording together for many years and share more than a dozen recordings — has never been more pronounced or sophisticated. “Roach,” a soulful original by Goldings has a late night luster, all deep grooves and peppered with Stewart’s dazzling beats. Bernstein’s full, rounded notes romance the melody of Jobim’s classic “Luiza” and lifts his superb original “Simple As That” to joyful heights. Continue reading

JIMMY COBB, THE ORIGINAL MOB

Drummer Jimmy Cobb, an historically important musician who duly received an NEA Jazz Master award in 2009, needs no introduction. If his only connection to jazz was through Miles Davis and playing on Kind Of Blue in 1959, his reputation would still be assured, but Cobb’s career includes deep connections to John Coltrane and Wes Montgomery as well as most every important leader and jazz group since his five-year tenure with Miles. At 85, Cobb is still making music, most of it very good and with his own bands (Jimmy Cobb’s Mob, “So What” Tribute band) often comprised of intensely creative, younger players. Continue reading

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