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Samuel Goff Faces His Traumatic Childhood on New Album

Samuel Goff Faces His Traumatic Childhood on New Album

Avant-garde artist and producer Samuel Goff unleashes a fascinating exercise in catharsis on his second solo album, This Is My Body, This Is My Blood.

Mary Halvorson’s ‘Cloudward’ Is a Sophisticated Ensemble Composition

Mary Halvorson’s ‘Cloudward’ Is a Sophisticated Ensemble Composition

Mary Halvorson’s Cloudward is a shimmering, deeply satisfying example of a jazz sextet firing on all cylinders. Prepare to be astonished.

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.

Sheila Jordan’s ‘Portrait of Sheila’ at 60

Sheila Jordan’s ‘Portrait of Sheila’ at 60

The DNA of jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan’s Portrait of Sheila can be heard in so much popular music of the intimate, dreamlike, and nocturnal kind across genres.

Ivo Perelman and Nate Wooley Go Berserk on ‘Polarity 2’

Ivo Perelman and Nate Wooley Go Berserk on ‘Polarity 2’

Tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman and trumpeter Nate Wooley explore the limits of free jazz on this welcome sequel with its power of boundless musical interplay.

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.

Jazz Bassist William Parker Puts His Musical Philosophy Into Action on ‘Universal Tonality’

Jazz Bassist William Parker Puts His Musical Philosophy Into Action on ‘Universal Tonality’

William Parker’s Universal Tonality is a recording he has been holding in his back pocket for just about 20 years now, which is crazy because it’s so good.

For CC Sorensen Home Is Where the Frog Jazz Is

For CC Sorensen Home Is Where the Frog Jazz Is

CC Sorensen makes music you have never heard before on ‘Phantom Rooms’, where their “Frog Jazz” incorporates ambient, noise, avant-garde, and cyclical minimalism.

‘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.

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.