Monthly Archives: December 2012

Ed Cherry – It’s All Good


Guitarist Ed Cherry, a veteran sideman with Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith and Henry Threadgill, among others is back with his first recording as a leader since 2001. It’s All Good makes the case that Cherry is in top form, leading an excellent trio that includes Pat Bianchi on organ and Byron Landham on drums. The project is comprised of adventurous arrangements of tunes by jazz greats like Duke Ellington, Kenny Burrell, Bill Evans and Wayne Shorter, among others. Cherry possesses a rich, warm sound and virtuosity that comes with years of honing. The musical magic that he and bandmates create on this project is something that any true fan of great performances must hear.

Click here to listen to a clip of “Deluge”.

Tracks: You Don’t Know What Love Is, Mogadishu, Edda, In A Sentimental Mood, Chitlins Con Carne, Maiden Voyage, Deluge, Christo Redentor, Something for Charlie, Blue In Green, Epistrophy.


Caroline Davis Quartet – Live Work & Play

(Ears and Eyes Records)

Live Work & Play is the compelling third release from Chicago-based saxophonist and composer Caroline Davis. There’s an intensity to Davis’ playing and writing which seems to come from a true desire to forge her own path as an artist. She’s joined in this effort by her quartet featuring guitarist Mike Allemana, drummer Jeremy Cunningham and bassist Matt Ferguson. The song selection is mostly Davis’ own work, with a composition from Allemana and nods to works by Billy Strayhorn and Charlie Parker. Davis is a dynamic musical voice that simply cannot be missed.

Click here to listen to a clip of “Dionysus”.

Tracks: Kowtow, Passive Cloud, Blood Count, Dionysus, Old Rims, Shiny Rims, Real Rims, For Kalvin, Craftsmanship and Emptiness, For Rumi, The Academic Freedom Suite (Part 1), Cheryl.