avant-garde jazz

Jazz Pianist Mal Waldron’s ‘Mal/2’ Gets Loving Reissue Treatment

Jazz Pianist Mal Waldron’s ‘Mal/2’ Gets Loving Reissue Treatment

Mal Waldron’s Mal/2 vinyl reissue is a handsome package that perfectly captures the late, great jazz pianist just as he was starting his 40-plus-year roll.

Natural Information Society’s ‘Since Time Is Gravity’ Derives Energy From Communion

Natural Information Society’s ‘Since Time Is Gravity’ Derives Energy From Communion

The music Joshua Abrams makes with his Natural Information Society is at once inviting, spell-inducing, and consciousness provoking.

Charles Mingus at His Unruly, Instigative Peak on ‘The Lost Album From Ronnie Scott’s’

Charles Mingus at His Unruly, Instigative Peak on ‘The Lost Album From Ronnie Scott’s’

Charles Mingus’ The Lost Album From Ronnie Scott’s is right there next to his most blistering records from the 1960s. It’s that good.

The Prolific Wadada Leo Smith Releases ‘A Love Sonnet for Billie Holiday’ and ‘The Chicago Symphonies’

The Prolific Wadada Leo Smith Releases ‘A Love Sonnet for Billie Holiday’ and ‘The Chicago Symphonies’

Every drum stroke and every breath blown on Wadada Leo Smith’s A Love Sonnet for Billie Holiday and The Chicago Symphonies carries multitudes of meaning.

Christopher Parker’s ‘Soul Food’ Lets Everyone Do What They Want

Christopher Parker’s ‘Soul Food’ Lets Everyone Do What They Want

Soul Food is a stepping stone for Christopher Parker in finding his voice as a bandleader. It’s impressive that jazz this free can be played with so much restraint.

Jessica Pavone’s ‘Lull’ Is a Four-Movement Composition of Emotion and Depth

Jessica Pavone’s ‘Lull’ Is a Four-Movement Composition of Emotion and Depth

Backed by an eclectic group of musicians, the latest work from violist/composer Jessica Pavone is centered on intuition and instinct.

Trumpeter Steph Richards Finds Her Age of Aquarius on ‘Zephyr’

Trumpeter Steph Richards Finds Her Age of Aquarius on ‘Zephyr’

Steph Richards’ Zephyr is a beast that, in everyone’s interest, shouldn’t be tamed. Strange music is one thing in that it provides life with much-needed flavor.

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid Return With a Curious ‘Poof’

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid Return With a Curious ‘Poof’

Henry Threadgill’s followers and fans of modern jazz will have a new milestone to celebrate with Poof. The rest of you work on not taking him for granted.

Graham Haynes vs Submerged Compelling Blend Jazz and Electronic on ‘Echolocation’

Graham Haynes vs Submerged Compelling Blend Jazz and Electronic on ‘Echolocation’

Graham Haynes vs Submerged’s Echolocation marries drum ‘n’ bass with jazz and stirs cyberpunk visions of electronic music with the work of Miles Davis.

Steph Richards’ ‘Supersense’ Is Music So Wild You Can Smell It

Steph Richards’ ‘Supersense’ Is Music So Wild You Can Smell It

With her experimental jazz album Supersense, trumpeter Steph Richards may have created the first-ever album that you can smell.

The 11 Best Chick Corea Albums

The 11 Best Chick Corea Albums

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.

Charles Mingus @ Bremen 1964 & 1975

Charles Mingus @ Bremen 1964 & 1975

Two Bremen concerts by groups led by bassist and composer Charles Mingus in 1964 and 1975 remind us of the longevity and vitality of his brilliance.