Recorded at the Tin Angel in the Old City section of Philadelphia in the mid-‘90s, “Nexus” represents a rare look a jazz guitar master Pat Martino in the stripped-down setting of duos with one of his most emphatic partners to date, pianist Jim Ridl. Martino’s signature sound is instantly revealed in these intimate recordings with Ridl, a longtime member of the guitarist’s working quartet and a valued duet partner for ten years. This previously unissued material provides a reminder of the remarkable rapport between the Philly jazz icon and the North Dakota native, two musicians who come from different generations and different parts of the country but very much speak the same language.
“I see so much beauty and truth in nature,” Lisa Hilton writes, “and I like to let that inform and inspire our music and my life.” Hilton’s new CD, “Horizons,” presents exceptional performances from the clarion trumpet of Sean Jones, the smoky tenor of J.D. Allen, the Julliard trained bassist Gregg August, the ever-inventive drummer Rudy Royston, and Hilton’s evocative touch on piano.
Also this week, prolific bassist and composer Kyle Eastwood’s new CD, “Time Pieces,” is full of melodic elegance and a sense of groove; “Hot Club of the Americas” is a band that performs a unique blend of Latin and Gypsy Jazz led by world renowned violinist, Federico Britos; and tenor saxophonist Harry Allen takes on the works of Gershwin, Porter and Ellington on “For George, Cole and Duke.”