Category: Jazz

  • The Bad Plus: Everywhere you Turn

    The Bad Plus: Everywhere you Turn

    The Bad Plus is often presented as an American jazz trio from Minneapolis. A more appropriate description would be that of three adventurous musicians playing instruments traditionally associated with jazz (drums, double bass and piano) but composing tunes following Rock structures, or de-constructing famous Pop…

  • Dave Brubeck: Piano Blues

    Dave Brubeck: Piano Blues

    Dave Brubeck (1920-2012) will of course be remembered as a brilliant musical explorer, a virtuoso improviser, a prolific composer with a fondness for odd time signatures and a great ambassador for jazz music in general. Yet, Dave Brubeck still regarded himself simply as “a composer…

  • Sam Jackson: The Gramophone

    Sam Jackson: The Gramophone

    Sam Jackson is a Dublin based pianist, but when I heard “The Gramophone” for the first time on the radio, I mistook it for what could have been a track from an early recording from the Esbjörn Svensson Trio.  Sam Jackson’s music is of the same calibre.…

  • Brad Mehldau: River Man

    Brad Mehldau: River Man

    Any version of Nick Drake’s River man will always stop me in my tracks.  The unusual time signature and the eerie contemporary classical arrangements to the original song make it such a rich ground for covers. If Norma Waterson’s version introduced me to the song,…

  • Ibrahim Maalouf: Will soon be a woman

    Ibrahim Maalouf: Will soon be a woman

    Born in Lebanon and now based in France, Ibrahim Maalouf is a young jazz trumpet player whose sound can truly be described as unique.  Ibrahim Maalouf plays a “hybrid” trumpet fitted with a fourth valve, allowing him to play the quarter tones specific the Arabic melodic…

  • About Spellbinding Music

    About Spellbinding Music

    Why is it that a particular piece of music, a tune or a song will move us in such a way that it will stop us in our tracks, send shivers up our spine or give us goose bumps?  Spiritual or secular musical traditions such…