Jazz Reviews

Tchaikovsky, Ellington: Nutcracker Suites (Harmonie Ensemble/Richman)

A 1960 crossover project that works a Christmassy treat

Gershwin: Take Two (Tedeschi)

Tedeschi makes it a double with a second shot of neat Gershwin.


Far more than just background noise, this album demands to be put into the spotlight.

Forbidden Moments (Nicola Milan)

Exciting debut from a singer-songwriter proves more than just late night jazz.

Australian Portrait (Hindson, Smetanin, Broadstock, Boyd)

A virtuosic collection of new Aussie works for sax and piano.

Concerto of the Greater Sea (Tawadros; Tognetti; Australian Chamber Orchestra)

Oud vibrations: Joseph Tawadros teams up with the ACO.


Another side of Rota: The film composer's music reimagined for accordion and jazz band.

Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology

Jazz in a box: A sizzling sampler of the very best sounds over six discs.

The Gate (Kurt Elling)

The Chicago-based crooner goes for a smoother, highly produced sound on his new crossover album.

Home (Jane Monheit)

The album Monheit's followers have been waiting for, Home is a triumph for the American singer.

Crossing Roper Bar (Australian Art Orchestra/Young Wagilak Group)

A superior blend: Crossing Roper Bar is a fascinating collaboration.

The Exquisite Corpse of Beethoven: Johannes Luebbers Dectet

Perth's Johannes Luebbers cooks up a treat, straddling the jazz-classical divide.

Music Redeems (The Marsalis Family)

This 2009 concert saw the Marsalis clan gather to pay tribute to their father, legendary New Orleans pianist and teacher, Ellis.

The Mango Balloon, Vol 1 (guitar: Julian Curwin)

I recently drove past a dancing homeless man moving obliviously to the beat while I listened to Candle Dance and the ironical melody really struck me.

See you at the fair (saxophone: Ben Webster)

His style may have been considered out of date by some, but tenor saxophone giant Ben Webster showed on his last US recording in ‘64 (before leaving for Europe where he was more appreciated) that he had no peer as a ballad player.

You Are There: Duets (singer: Hilary Kole)

That a singer on only her second album could employ 11 of the finest pianists (including the late Hank Jones, Dave Brubeck and Benny Green, and two, Alan Broadbent and Mike Renzi, who have made an art of accompanying vocalists), is remarkable.

Welcome to New York (piano: Ehud Asherie)

This Israeli-born pianist’s duet sessions with the likes of cornetist and trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso and tenor saxophonist Harry Allen have all received rave reviews.

Someone Else's Child (percussion: Hamish Stuart)

The Sydney-based drummer-percussionist states that these original pieces are mere sketches and that the artists involved have engaged with the spirit of the material.

Legacy of a Legend (piano: Dave Brubeck)

Brubeck chooses the tracks on this retrospective.

NBC Broadcast Recs 1936-1943 (Benny Goodman)

With so much emphasis on Benny Goodman’s great 1937-38 orchestra, it’s easy to forget just how good his bands of the early 1940s were.
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