Jazz critic Will Layman has been listening to classical piano and Afro-Cuban music in various forms. The best new jazz this month is also strong and extensive.
The jazz guitar trio is a classic format, and John Scofield, Steve Swallow, and Bill Stewart are as well-equipped to venerate it and renew it a bit on Swallow Tales.
Saxophonist and composer Tia Fuller releases her fifth recording as a leader, playing with Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Adam Rogers, James Genus and Bill Stewart. Respect!