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’
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.
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.
Backed by an eclectic group of musicians, the latest work from violist/composer Jessica Pavone is centered on intuition and instinct.
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 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’s Echolocation marries drum ‘n’ bass with jazz and stirs cyberpunk visions of electronic music with the work of Miles Davis.
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.
Mary Halvorson's Artlessly Falling is a challenging album with tracks comprised of improvisational fragments more than based on compositional theory. Halvorson uses the various elements to aestheticize the confusing world around her.