Articles tagged jazz

Kamasi Washington Takes Jazz to the Next Level in San Francisco

This is jazz that can dazzle the music mavens and impresarios while still remaining accessible to a more mainstream audience

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Matthew Shipp Trio: Piano Song

Pianist Matthew Shipp's final album for Thirsty Ear finds him going about his usually adventurous trio business.

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18 Jan 2017 // 11:00 AM

Jesca Hoop - “The Lost Sky” (Singles Going Steady)

"The Lost Sky" is a gorgeous if troubled reverie, Jesca Hoop's smokey vocals a relentless stream of circular thoughts, memories, and admonitions

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Karl Denson Brings Balance to the Force in 60th Birthday Fillmore Fiesta

The fact that Denson turns 60 on this same day that beloved Rebel Alliance leader Leia Organa has passed away at the age of 60 herself presents some deep insight on what a difference lifestyle can make in human longevity.

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17 Jan 2017 // 8:53 AM

Jeff Parker: Slight Freedom

Guitarist Jeff Parker has now surpassed his previous solo albums and everything he ever did with Tortoise on his vinyl release Slight Freedom.

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Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau: Nearness

Good jazz doesn't always have to knock down barriers. Sometimes it's just the sound of two friends catching up.

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Wolfgang Muthspiel: Rising Grace

The Austrian jazz guitarist plays beautifully in his third outing for ECM with a remarkable band featuring Larry Grenadier, Brian Blade, Brad Mehldau, and Ambrose Akinmusire.

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Keith Jarrett: A Multitude of Angels

This newly-discovered box set captures the last gasp of Keith Jarrett's marathon concert phase.

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Andrew Cyrille and Bill McHenry: Proximity

In the tradition of Coltrane and Rashid Ali, a tenor saxophonist and an esteemed drummer play clear and free in duets.

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9 Dec 2016 // 2:10 AM

Aziza: Aziza

Aziza, a jazz supergroup featuring Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, and Eric Harland, mostly avoids supergroup pitfalls and plays strong on its eponymous new LP.

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Sun Ra: Astro Black, Cosmic Dark

Youngquist brings considerable skills to the life and work of the legendary but underappreciated and often misunderstood composer, keyboardist, and poet Sun Ra.

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To the Sound of Music: Interview With ‘La La Land’s Damien Chazelle and Justin Hurwitz

In the thick of Awards season, director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz talk about their dazzling film, La La Land.

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6 Dec 2016 // 2:10 AM

Eri Yamamoto Trio: Life

This long-standing piano trio is not breaking ground, but their sound is charming, skipping, and Guaraldi-esque.

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Dizzy Gillespie and Friends: Concert of the Century - A Tribute to Charlie Parker

This may not be the greatest performance of its time, but it's bristling with improvisatory energy and instrumental play that should leave jazz devotees more than satisfied.

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The Best Jazz of 2016

These are the 20 "best" jazz records of 2016 identified in stylistic diads, ranked loosely from most sublime to merely breathtaking.

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Hedvig Mollestad Trio: Black Stabat Mater / Evil in Oslo

On a pair of recent releases, Norwegian guitarist Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen continues to evolve into a thrilling modern guitarist informed equally by jazz and hard rock.

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Mary Halvorson Octet: Away With You

The quirky guitarist expands her septet to include pedal steel and creates landscapes that push the players to real invention.

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Free Nelson MandoomJazz: The Organ Grinder

Leave it to a band like Free Nelson MandoomJazz to remind us that jazz and metal can be fused so easily.

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21 Nov 2016 // 2:10 AM

Kris Davis: Duopoly

A new jazz pianist in careful dialogue with Bill Frisell, Craig Taborn, Don Byron, and five other great players: half written, half freely improvised.

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Dawda Jobarteh: Transitional Times

The West African kora goes from classical to cosmic on Dawda Jobarteh's brilliant sophomore release.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: The Best Games of 2016

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"The Moving Pixels Podcast counts down our top five games of 2016.

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