Jazz CD Review: Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden “Jasmine”

By Fernando Gonzalez Keith Jarrett / Charlie Haden Jasmine (ECM) Back in early 2007, pianist Keith Jarrett agreed to participate in a documentary film about old friend Charlie Haden. The reunion led to some unexpected, informal duet playing (they hadn’t played together in more than 30 years), and the results moved Jarrett to invite Haden… Read More Jazz CD Review: Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden “Jasmine”

Jazz CD Review: Tord Gustavsen Ensemble “Restored, Returned”

Tord Gustavsen Ensemble Restored, Returned (ECM) By Fernando Gonzalez Perhaps, as the saying goes, you can’t be too rich or too thin. As for everything else, you can have too much of a good thing. Restored, Returned, the latest recording by Norwegian pianist and composer Tord Gustavsen is a case in point. Gustavsen established his… Read More Jazz CD Review: Tord Gustavsen Ensemble “Restored, Returned”

Jon Hassell and the Art of Suggestion

by Casey Dolan Jon Hassell has built a lauded career by playing short enigmatic statements on his trumpet, incorporating music from various cultures and gradually enhancing his compositions with a greater use of electronics. The result is rarely a concrete musical statement, but rather a collection of intimations, or, perhaps, intimacies. From his groundbreaking work… Read More Jon Hassell and the Art of Suggestion