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JazzMatters: The Best New Jazz of January 2023

JazzMatters: The Best New Jazz of January 2023

Will Layman rounds up the best new jazz albums and cocoons with jazz documentaries, Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues and Ron Carter: Finding the Right Notes.

JazzMatters: The Best New Jazz of Autumn 2022

JazzMatters: The Best New Jazz of Autumn 2022

PopMatters jazz critic Will Layman rounds up the best new jazz albums of recent vintage, including some thoughts about the US festival season and the undersung virtuoso Warren Wolf.

Esperanza Spalding’s ‘Radio Music Society’ Looks Like a Brilliant Pivot a Decade Later

Esperanza Spalding’s ‘Radio Music Society’ Looks Like a Brilliant Pivot a Decade Later

Ten years ago, Esperanza Spalding reached for greater creative accomplishment while still holding an audience on Radio Music Society. It was a jazz record that got popular without pandering.

Esperanza Spalding and Fred Hersch Are ‘Live at the Village Vanguard’ to Raise Money for Musicians

Esperanza Spalding and Fred Hersch Are ‘Live at the Village Vanguard’ to Raise Money for Musicians

Esperanza Spalding and Fred Hersch release a live recording from a 2018 show to raise money for a good cause: other jazz musicians.

Kris Davis’ ‘Diatom Ribbons’ Is the Most Versatile and Bracing Jazz Recording of 2019

Kris Davis’ ‘Diatom Ribbons’ Is the Most Versatile and Bracing Jazz Recording of 2019

New Jazz pianist and composer Kris Davis makes a recording that presses with excitement into hip-hop and groove music without sacrificing any daring or compromising her vision.

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Jack DeJohnette: Sound Travels

Oh, We’re Supposed to Give Awards, Too?: The 2011 Grammy Awards

Guessing the Grammys

Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society

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