“John Medeski’s solo piano debut was a long time coming. Recorded for Sony Masterworks’ revived Okeh imprint, it’s a 41-minute showcase of a pianist we’ve not really encountered — at least at this length — before….A Different Time may be the first solo entry for Medeski, but given its quality, it hopefully isn’t the last.” [...]
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“A singer whose quicksilver vocal style refuses to be caged by either jazz, gospel, or R&B, his warm, inviting baritone utilizes them all when he wishes to….While his first two recordings revealed a major new talent with their promise, Liquid Spirit is a giant step forward artistically, and for the listener, an exercise in musical [...]
“The dozen songs on offer here continually contrast aspects of James’ seemingly limitless musical persona: from funky neo-soul to elegant balladry to adventurous pop and R&B… Here he not only blurs the boundaries of the various genres he examines, but extends them; in the process, he creates a beguiling, sophisticated, important music that is his [...]
“For only the second time in her career, jazz pianist and vocalist Diana Krall deviates from her tried, true m.o. of covering easily identifiable jazz standards. …Glad Rag Doll is not the sound of Krall reinventing herself so much as it’s the comfortable scratching of an old, persistent itch. The warmth, sophistication, humor, and immediacy [...]
“On her 19th album, Cassandra Wilson, ever the musical chameleon, changes directions once more. She is arguably the greatest living female jazz singer. Well known for her blues, soul, pop covers, and jazz standards, her smoky alto bends almost everything to its will. Wilson’s phrasing is utterly unique, as original as any horn player’s or [...]