Tord Gustavesen Quartet The Well (ECM)
Some bandleaders are so tied to a particular sound that during the arc of their career it seems a formula has been put in place. Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen fashioned a seductive style of balladry when his first ECM disc arrived in 2003. Changing Places introduced us to an instrumentalist who made silence a constant companion, and who seemed as smitten with the establishment of mood as he was...
Esperanza Spalding's Radio Music Society
There’s a conundrum within the jazz-inflected R&B of the acclaimed bassist’s fourth album, and it’s based on identity. Spalding, who famously won the “Best New Artist” Grammy last year, is a superb instrumentalist, gifted improviser, decent singer, and fledgling pop songwriter. Because she’s got big ears and plenty of ambition, she’s positioned Radio Music Society to incorporate all these...
Kneebody Does Tom Tom Zé and Judee Sill!
April 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th 4 Nights of Kneebody @ Littlefield, Brooklyn, $15 We’re doing it again because we enjoy repetitive fun. This year the festivities happen at at Littlefield, an awesome club in Gowanus, Brooklyn. As with prior years, each night will feature two sets, one set of Kneebody classic, and one with special guests. This year we have some great guest vocalists, splitting...
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