Reviews

Review of Billy Childs: Acceptance

Billy Childs: Acceptance

Billy Childs

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★★

Childs' last new release, 2017's Rebirth, was greeted with considerable pleasure in Jazzwise 218 and with nothing less than a...

Reviewed by Brian Priestley in issue: October/2020

Review of Christian Sands: Be Water

Christian Sands: Be Water

Christian Sands

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★

Marcus Miller has an eponymously titled track dedicated to him; and Lalo Schifrin wrote a memorable soundtrack in the 1970s...

Reviewed by Selwyn Harris in issue: September/2020

Review of Erroll Garner: Magician

Erroll Garner: Magician

Erroll Garner

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★

Preceding Plays Gershwin and Kern, the concluding record in this reissue series of Garner's Octave recordings (reviewed in the July...

Reviewed by Alyn Shipton in issue: September/2020

Review of John Beasley MONK’estra: MONK’estra Plays John Beasley

John Beasley MONK’estra: MONK’estra Plays John Beasley

John Beasley

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★

John Beasley has an impressive CV – work with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Steely Dan and...

Reviewed by Stuart Nicholson in issue: September/2020

Review of Erroll Garner: Plays Gershwin and Kern

Erroll Garner: Plays Gershwin and Kern

Kelly Martin | Jimmie Smith | Erroll Garner | Charles ‘Ike’ Isaacs | José Mangual | Eddie Calhoun

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★★

This final album in the 12-record series of Garner's Octave records from the 1960s and 70s begins with a version...

Reviewed by Alyn Shipton in issue: July/2020

Review of Erroll Garner: That's My Kick

Erroll Garner: That's My Kick

Charli Persip | Milt Hinton | Jerome Richardson | Jimmie Smith | Bernie Glow | Erroll Garner | Marvin Stamm | Johnny Pacheco | George Jenkins | George Duvivier

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★★

The first of these albums, That's My Kick, marks Garner's return to the studio in 1966 after a five-year gap.Despite...

Reviewed by Alyn Shipton in issue: June/2020

Review of Connie Han: Iron Starlet

Connie Han: Iron Starlet

Ivan Taylor | Bill Wysake | Connie Han | Jeremy Pelt | Walter Smith III

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★

Going by just appearance, you might mistake the 24-year old pianist Connie Han for a glamorous female classical crossover artist...

Reviewed by Selwyn Harris in issue: June/2020

Review of Jimmy Greene: While Looking Up

Jimmy Greene: While Looking Up

Aaron Goldberg | Jimmy Greene | Stefon Harris | Kendrick Scott | Lage Lund | Reuben Rogers

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★★

The heavyweight support on American multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Greene's latest release are long-term acquaintances, who since recording with Greene, have developed...

Reviewed by Mike Hobart in issue: June/2020

Review of Aaron Diehl: The Vagabond

Aaron Diehl: The Vagabond

Aaron Diehl | Paul Sikivie | Gregory Hutchinson

Editor's Choice

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★★

Aaron Diehl, the award-engulfed pianist and composer from Ohio, is the kind of jazz artist who coaxes grateful smiles from...

Reviewed by John Fordham in issue: April/2020

Review of Album Interview: Christian McBride: The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait Of Four Icons

Album Interview: Christian McBride: The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait Of Four Icons

Michael Bease | Steve Davis | Lew Soloff | Christian McBride | James Burton | Doug Purviance | Carl Maraghi | Ron Blake | Warren Wolf | Geoffrey Keezer

Editor's Choice

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★★

A great contemporary bassist, McBride has also become an important educator and advocate for both the artform and African-American culture...

Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre in issue: April/2020

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