Joe Chambers is one of the drummers from the Fifties and Sixties who, along with Max Roach and Art Blakey, has influenced an entire generation of drummers. Archie Shepp, in fact, compared Chambers' qualities as a sensitive yet dynamic drummer to another influential drummer, Roy Haynes. For his new CD, "Horace to Max", Chambers has assembled an ensemble that includes stalwarts Eric Alexander on tenor sax, Xavier Davis on piano, and the colorful percussion effects of Steve Berrios. Playing both drums and exhibiting his considerable chops on vibes, he breathes fresh life into a number of well-known jazz classics by the likes of Roach, Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter, and Thelonius Monk.
Born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, guitarist and composer Rale Micic has, over the past two years, established himself as one of the most inventive voices in jazz, leading a quintet featuring jazz great Tom Harrell. Jim Santella of All About Jazz says, "The New York jazz scene, and by extension jazz's modern mainstream, has Rale Micic to thank for a portion of its continued growth." On his new CD, "3", featuring one of New York's top rhythm sections, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, the guitarist continues to explore the interaction between his cultural roots in Serbia and his extensive knowledge of jazz.
Also this week, twin French brothers Francois and Louis Moutin offer up the fourth release from their Reunion Quartet, "Soul Dancers", featuring saxophonist Rick Margitza; pianist Aaron Goldberg is joined by longstanding trio mates Eric Harland on drums and Reuben Rogers on bass, augmented by their masterful colleague Mark Turner on the tenor sax on Home; and Toronto-born drummer Ernesto Cervini features saxophonist Joel Frahm on his sophomore release as a leader, Little Black Bird.