Jazz Roundup, July 2011
This summer's new jazz releases seem to be on an equatorial vacation, with Cuban rhythms, breezy bossa nova and a sunny Malian compilation defining the season. The most thrilling trip comes from David Sanchez, Christian Scott and Stefon Harris, who went to Cuba to record their collaborative, sweltering Ninety Miles project. A pair of releases from Eliane Elias and Carmen Cuesta rest in the shady shadow of Antonio Carlos Jobim, while vocalist Madeleine Peyroux offers dusky originals with her heaviest band to date. The set is rounded out by listenable, experimental releases from Pat Metheny (on acoustic baritone guitar) and the original lineup of The Flecktones, along with a pair of never-before-heard recordings of two bop favorites in peak form, Freddie Hubbard and Bill Evans.