An American black-music take on the Balkan brass band does a bit of Ellington/Strayhorn exotica. It totally works in spite of, or maybe because of, the multiple dialects at play.
Among J.J. Johnson’s greatest recordings pair him with fellow trombonist Kai Winding. At Jazz at Lincoln Center, Vincent Gardner takes on the music of his instrument’s bebop pioneer.
The pianist plays free jazz with an evocative and disciplined style. Hear her solo on her composition “Fragments.”
Next week the great pianist presents a new lineup in concert. As he sees it, he’s borrowing from the techniques of young cutting-edge musicians — who were themselves preceded by Miles Davis.