Another Bluebloods' cover is "Wouldn't Lay My Guitar Down" by Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, who also has a new album in the racks. Cool Blues Walk (Bullseye Blues & Jazz) features the highly versatile guitarist Duke Robillard and is very classy fare. Those who've overdone it this festive season should particularly enjoy "Very Good Condition", which is about this great showman's 1997 heart attack.
The reputation of Chick Corea, the highly talented pianist whose career seemed headed for a dead-end, has experienced a significant revival in recent months, largely through the creation of his current band, Origin. But even more impressive is his work on Like Minds (Concord), ostensibly an album by the vibes player Gary Burton, but really a superstar project that, besides a wonderfully fluent Corea, also features Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes and Dave Holland. This is thoughtful and satisfying jazz of the highest order.
Also worthy of a closer look is the recent Banned in New York (Blue Note) from the exciting alto saxophonist Greg Osby. Having seemingly abandoned his inclination to throw too many rap and street funk styles into his playing, Osby is - as last year's Zero CD demonstrates - emerging as a musician with lots of ideas and a distinctive voice.
Less demanding, but none the less enjoyable, is the two-volume Best of the North Sea Jazz Festival, released by Galaxy via the German label ZYX Records. Though the absence of sleevenotes leaves the listener guessing at the support players, there's much satisfaction to be had from listening to live recordings from such stars as Stan Getz, McCoy Tyner and Sonny Rollins and anticipating this year's events.Reuse content