Free improvising saxophonist Ivo Perelman, pianist Matthew Shipp, and drummer Whit Dickey spin listenable joy out of thin air. Jazz originality doesn’t have to be forbidding.
Using nearly the same band of all-star American players as on 2019’s Long Waves, Swiss trumpet veteran Franco Ambrosetti makes an all-ballad collection that does more than sing.
R+R=Now is an all-star jazz collective (Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Terrace Martin, Taylor McFerrin, and Justin Tyson) jamming live at New York’s Blue Note club. Chill and clean and modern.
Prolific star of New York’s creative jazz scene, William Parker releases ten new albums in a new box set, demonstrating his breadth of composition and association.
Across 81 studio albums as a leader, another 25 live recordings as a leader, and then scores of albums as a sideman, Corea was an unerringly superb pianist, a thrilling soloist, a propulsive and sensitive accompanist, and a band member even though he was a superstar.
Wynton Marsalis is one of the most prolific instrumentalists of the last 40 years. A virtuoso in both jazz and Western classical music, he has recorded as many as 75 times as a leader.
Eclectic guitarist Nels Cline expands his long-standing improvising band to create a small orchestra that plays with a combination of freedom and discipline on Share the Wealth.
During the new-year season of best-of-the-year lists, I find myself looking backward—even at a year as difficult as 2020. Time was dilated—I thought I had too much of it but, as usual, there was too little for all the great music.
Baltimore's wizard of the pedal steel guitar, Susan Alcorn, offers a creative blend of Americana, jazz, and ethereal improvisation on Pedernal.