Dave Holland Quintet - Critical Mass

Dare2984 221-6    ****
Robin Eubanks (tb), Chris Potter (ts, ss), Steve Nelson (vib), Dave Holland (b) and Nate Smith (d).  Rec. 2006


The more you listen to this record, the more you discover. Immediately accessible and approachable, the music may be nothing like the Modern Jazz Quartet but shares qualities in common: compositional values, fugue-like depth and integrity, thematic purpose and direction.

Acoustic Ladyland - Skinny Grin

V2  | ****

Pete Wareham (s, v), Tom Cawley (p, ky), Tom Herbert (b), Seb Rochford (d) with James Chance (s), Alice Grant and Anne Booty (v). Rec. 2006

Ornette Coleman - Sound Grammar

Abeille/Sound Grammar SG01  | ***
Coleman (as), Greg Cohen, Tony Falanga (b) and Denardo Coleman (d). Rec. 2005

John Coltrane - Fearless Leader

Prestige/Universal PRCD6-30059-2 (6CDs)  | ****

John Coltrane (ts), Johnny Splawn, Donald Byrd, Wilbur Harden, Freddie Hubbard (t), Sahib Shihab (bar s), Mal Waldron, Red Garland (p), Paul Chambers, Earl May (b), Al Heath, Art Taylor, Louis Hayes and Jimmy Cobb (d). Rec. 1957-58

Diana Krall | From This Moment On

Diana Krall (v, p), Terrell Strafford (t), Gil Castellanos (t), Sal Cracchiolo (t, flhn), Jeff Clayton (as), Rickey Woodard (s), Gerald Clayton (p), Tamir Hendelman (p), Anthony Wilson (g), John Clayton (b), Jeff Hamilton (d) and the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Rec. 2006

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