World-Jazz

Artist: 
Badbadnotgood
Label: 
Innovative Leisure

Badbadnotgood speaks for itself at this point. They are in my opinion the most important group in Jazz not because of their innovation but because they make a kind of Jazz that objectively and consistently sounds good to the average listener. The group has fused hip-hop and Jazz(a fusion which has been made for 30+ years) in a way that improves and drives both genres forward while also bringing along a substantial and consequential amount of main-stream attention. Everyone in this group is young, serious, passionate, and incredible instrumentally.

Sounds Like: 
John Coltrane
Name: 
Mark Jimenez
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Josh Nelson
Label: 
Origin Records

I would describe this album as romantic-impressionistic Jazz. Not romance as in you would want to fall in love to this stuff, go listen to Norah Jones or Frank Sinatra you goof. I mean romantic as in Tchaikovsky and Schubert, as in everyone on this record went to music school and studied fifth series contrapuntal phrasing and maybe even took graduate level composition classes. The record is clean and concise in every fashion, it is intensely precise and well thought out, a combination which makes for some very boring Jazz in my opinion.

Sounds Like: 
Brad Meldhau
Sounds Like: 
Gerald Clayton
Name: 
Mark Jimenez
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Ambrose Akinmusire
Label: 
Blue Note Records

10/10 wow...

Sounds Like: 
Lee Morgan(Knows exactly when to play and when to let the silence sit with you)
Sounds Like: 
Miles Davis(Innovative and intellectual)
Sounds Like: 
Chet Baker(In terms of his ability to convey intense emotion without showing off)
Sounds Like: 
John Coltrane (He just doesn't give a f**k what you think about him)
Name: 
Mark Jimenez
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2017
Artist: 
Spike Wilner Trio
Label: 
Cellar Live

Spike Wilner is not only a Jazz godfather he is a virtuoso with fingers that move over the ivory keys like an arachnid over a silk web. Spike has woven this post-bop Kind of Blue web over decades of religious jazz appreciation and original creative cultivation.

Sounds Like: 
Thelonious Monk
Sounds Like: 
Gerald Clayton
Name: 
Mark Jimenez
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
Artist: 
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Label: 
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

First and foremost, I love this album. Handful of Keys shows the evolution of jazz piano throughout the years. The album starts with a ragtime piece, Jingles and smoothly transitions to a big band piece, Temperance. One of the songs, Very Early features a pianist that is only thirteen years old. The musicians are very good, so the album can successfully sample so many subgenres of jazz. Overall, I really liked how the pianist in each song drove the melody, but didn’t take over the song.  

Sounds Like: 
Nicolas Payton
Sounds Like: 
Arturo Sandoval
Sounds Like: 
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
09/17/2017
Artist: 
Harold Little
Label: 
Uniqek Records

Review of "Akoben" album from Harold Little

Sounds Like: 
Outkast
Sounds Like: 
Dizzy
Sounds Like: 
Trad Jazz Band Songs from our youth
Sounds Like: 
Jazz Greats
Sounds Like: 
P. Funk
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
09/15/2017
Artist: 
Selwyn Birchwood
Label: 
Alligator Records

A blues album that dances around the various subgenres with a breif interlude into SKA punkPentatonic scales galore in here, along with slide guitars and backbeats, Somehow the author manages to remind me of Jethro Tull, I wonder if the recent surge in Jethro Tull sounding music has anything to do with a specific age group coming of age?

Sounds Like: 
Jethro Tull
Sounds Like: 
Jimi Hendrix
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017
Artist: 
Christian McBride
Label: 
Mack Avenue Records

Traditional big bands are one of the few things in music that can truly pull me out of  the foulest of moods, lighten up a commute, or make me want to start tearing it up. Christian McBride's "Big Band Bringin' It" is absolutely no exception. 

Sounds Like: 
Bob Mintzer Big Band
Sounds Like: 
Mingus Big Band
Name: 
Chris Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2017
Artist: 
Flor De Toloache
Label: 
Chulo records
Sounds Like: 
Mariachi
Sounds Like: 
Shania Twain
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
09/13/2017
Artist: 
Antibalas
Label: 
Daptone Records

The sixth studio album of Antibalas is a strong installment in their almost 20 year portfolio as a band. This album is lively, upbeat, colorful, and will sure to have you moving to its African beat influence.

Sounds Like: 
The Budos Band
Sounds Like: 
Nomo
Sounds Like: 
Daktaris
Name: 
Jaclyn Kelly
Date Reviewed: 
09/13/2017