Category Archives: Music Review

An Arbitrary Number of Jazz CDs I Enjoyed This Year

15 jazz CDs from 2010 that were really good Continue reading

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Reflections On My First Kenny G Concert

As I mentioned below, on Friday I reviewed a Kenny G concert at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ. If you missed it, read the review here. Believe it or not, I actually pitched this assignment to the … Continue reading

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Jazz Passengers Preview New CD “Reunited”

Innovative Jazz Passengers Preview Reunion Album With a Playful Concert By Alex W. Rodriguez for the Star-Ledger UPDATE: It looks like Nate Chinen caught their second night, featuring vocalist Debby Harry instead of Ribot’s guitar.

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Can a Symphony really Swing?

An off-the-cuff review of Wynton Marsalis’s “Swing Symphony” Continue reading

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Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra @ Blue Note

McGuinness’ Big Band Wows Blue Note By Alex W. Rodriguez for the Star-Ledger

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Trombone Shorty and Christian Scott As NBA Superstars

Thanks to a tweet by freeform, I was just hipped to this recent article in the Wall Street Journal by jazz writer Larry Blumenfeld about New Orleans wunderkinds Christian Scott and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. It’s well-done, so give it … Continue reading

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Heath Brothers at The Newark Museum

My first guest column for the Newark Star-Ledger, covering last Thursday’s Heath Brothers Quartet performance at the Newark Museum Continue reading

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Royal Toast by The Claudia Quintet

Royal Toast, the most recent release by the innovative small jazz group The Claudia Quintet, doesn’t need me to rave about them; they’ve been getting a lot of well-deserved praise for the album already. But it belongs in this conversation … Continue reading

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Backatown by Trombone Shorty

Backatown, the latest release from New Orleans brass prodigy Trombone Shorty (aka Troy Andrews,) takes the explosive musical milieu of New Orleans to a new level, bringing New Orleans jazz, funk and whatever else goes on down there into a … Continue reading

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A Vacant Lot by The Inhabitants

On the surface, A Vacant Lot by The Inhabitants looks like a bizarre, eff-you DIY punk project–that was my reaction, at least, when opening the album to put the CD into my car stereo. The black-and-white album cover features a … Continue reading

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