Picks of the Week: March 6 – 11

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – Mar. 6. (Tues.)  John Pisano’s “Guitar Night.” Pisano takes his ever-entertaining, ever-popular  “Guitar Night” to a new venue.  To celebrate the move, the featured guest is veteran guitarist Mundell Lowe.  Lucy’s 51. Toluca Lake.  (818) 763-5200. Mar. 6. (Tues.)  The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet.  Guitarist Bergara and his crew bring… Read More Picks of the Week: March 6 – 11

Jazz With an Accent: CDs by Rudresh Mahanthappa; Dino Saluzzi, Anja Lechner & Felix Saluzzi. And Further Thoughts

By Fernando Gonzalez Catching up with a pair of worthy, recent releases: Indian fusion and Argentine bandoneones. Rudresh Mahanthappa Samdhi (ACT) Indian-American saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa has been methodically building his music out of blending South Indian Carnatic musical elements and contemporary jazz. In Samdhi, he takes it all a step further as he brings technology… Read More Jazz With an Accent: CDs by Rudresh Mahanthappa; Dino Saluzzi, Anja Lechner & Felix Saluzzi. And Further Thoughts

Jazz With An Accent: A New Release, Coming Attractions and Better-Late-Than-Never

By Fernando Gonzalez A New Release Silvano Monasterios Unconditional (Savant) It might strike as a paradox, but sometimes the brilliance of certain inventions can be measured by how obvious, how commonplace they seem. The music of Venezuelan pianist Silvano Monasterios is so easy-on-the-ear, so elegantly structured, and has such a casual, lived-in feel that it… Read More Jazz With An Accent: A New Release, Coming Attractions and Better-Late-Than-Never