Posts Tagged ‘john hebert’

Jazz Setlist, December 13-19: Braxtoniana

Thursday, December 13
The extraordinary performance by the Mary Halvorson Quintet last night was a triumph for its leader/guitarist—but it also betrayed her bassist, John Hébert, as something of a secret weapon. Hébert showed himself to be an extremely dexterous and imaginative player with an elastic sense of time and melodic interpretation. He injects these same qualities [...]

The 2010 Top 10, Jazz Division

I have never put so much effort and anguish into a year-end list of CDs as I did this time. That it was such a bloody mess trying to whittle them down to 10 can only mean that 2010 was an extraordinarily good year for recordings. God knows there were dozens on my shelf that [...]

Jazz Setlist, May 20-26: Mary Lou Williams, Jimmy Scott and More

Thursday, May 20
As I mentioned in last week's summer music issue, this is the 15th anniversary of the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. Left out, however, was the fact that this is also Williams' centennial. The composer, arranger, and pianist (who died in 1981) left behind an exhaustive and ambitious body [...]