experimental jazz

Josh Johnson’s ‘Unusual Object’ Is a Fascinating Record

Josh Johnson’s ‘Unusual Object’ Is a Fascinating Record

Celebrated saxophonist Josh Johnson infuses his music with various styles on this surprisingly accessible new LP of processed, ambient jazz.

Samuel Goff’s ‘Diminished Borders’ Is a Manic, Introspective Free Jazz Trip

Samuel Goff’s ‘Diminished Borders’ Is a Manic, Introspective Free Jazz Trip

Drums and dual saxophones create an atmosphere that invites frenetic pacing and meditative peace on Samuel Goff, Camila Nebbia, and Patrick Shiroishi’s Diminished Borders.

Sun Ra Arkestra Travel the Spaceways at SFJazz Center

Sun Ra Arkestra Travel the Spaceways at SFJazz Center

A Sun Ra Arkestra show promises a chance to leave the often dreary Earth blues behind and board a spaceship ride into the cosmos with these sonic adventurers.

Mats Gustafsson and Joachim Nordwall Bend the Avant-Garde to Their Will

Mats Gustafsson and Joachim Nordwall Bend the Avant-Garde to Their Will

Experimentalists Mats Gustafsson and Joachim Nordwall have united to create an album that, even by their compartmentalized standards, is pretty out there.

Patrick Shiroishi Explores Family History with the Arresting Calm of ‘Evergreen’

Patrick Shiroishi Explores Family History with the Arresting Calm of ‘Evergreen’

Japanese-American experimental multi-instrumentalist Patrick Shiroishi once again pays tribute to his heritage in this deeply moving new album, Evergreen.

Trevor Dunn Defies Musical Categorization with the Spellbinding ‘Seances’

Trevor Dunn Defies Musical Categorization with the Spellbinding ‘Seances’

With the help of his longstanding trio and a chamber quartet, bassist/composer Trevor Dunn unleashes the messy, complex, and utterly mesmerizing Sèances.

Phillip Golub Gives Processed-Based Composition an Uncommon Warmth on ‘Filters’

Phillip Golub Gives Processed-Based Composition an Uncommon Warmth on ‘Filters’

Approached as neo-classical minimalist jazz, Filters is a triumphant solo debut from Phillip Golub and another fascinating album from greyfade.

‘The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra’ Gets Its Most Crucial Reissue

‘The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra’ Gets Its Most Crucial Reissue

The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra hearkens back to Sun Ra’s big band roots and his determination to create a genuine exploration of otherworldly space.

Max Johnson Lets His Double Bass Weep on ‘Hermit Music’

Max Johnson Lets His Double Bass Weep on ‘Hermit Music’

Jazz bassist Max Johnson’s Hermit Music could be the soundtrack of Charles Mingus’ mid-1960s mental breakdown in a good way.

Battle Trance’s ‘Green of Winter’ Blends the Beautiful and Eerie With Saxophones

Battle Trance’s ‘Green of Winter’ Blends the Beautiful and Eerie With Saxophones

Battle Trance’s Green of Winter goes further down the rabbit hole of abstraction, minimalism, and impressionism while testing the limits of the saxophone.

Bassist Max Johnson Explores Different Jazz Angles on ‘Orbit of Sound’ and ‘Sketches’

Bassist Max Johnson Explores Different Jazz Angles on ‘Orbit of Sound’ and ‘Sketches’

Bassist Max Johnson gives us a traditional bop album recorded with two veteran musicians and a contemporary jazz LP with two younger but no less adventurous artists.

Travis Laplante’s ‘Wild Tapestry’ Embraces Unpredictability

Travis Laplante’s ‘Wild Tapestry’ Embraces Unpredictability

Avant-jazz saxophonist Travis Laplante and the weather can be equally hard to predict. His latest stunning album, Wild Tapestry, combines both.