Tribute albums are pretty common nowadays - recording companies have found that a good way to market jazz artists is to tie their name to a more famous musician. Still, a fine player can turn out a fine tribute, and Poncho Sanchez does an excellent job on his new album Trane's Delight, which has Sanchez's band working beautifully on a few of John Coltrane's tunes and some others inspired by that titan of jazz. Tune in.
South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim is now in his eighties, with his creativity undiminished. Proof is on his latest album, The Balance. The title refers to finding the balance between all the elements of his life - a task that has taken him a lifetime, one of the most fascinating and productive ones in jazz. Don't miss this extraordinary piano outing by a master.