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The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis Deliver Thrills

The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis Deliver Thrills

Imagine a train that seems to be going off the rails yet keeps on track, and you’ll get a sense of what The Messthetics and James Brandon Lewis sounds like.

Dave Douglas Creates a Magic Encounter on ‘Gifts’

Dave Douglas Creates a Magic Encounter on ‘Gifts’

Dave Douglas’ recent jazz work has been highlighted by projects that dare him to write new music for novel musical encounters. Gifts is a spectacular success.

JazzMatters: The Best New Jazz of Winter 2024

JazzMatters: The Best New Jazz of Winter 2024

PopMatters presents the best new jazz recordings from the winter of 2024 and reflects on the relationship of the Grammys to jazz.

James Brandon Lewis Sounds Singular on ‘Transfiguration’

James Brandon Lewis Sounds Singular on ‘Transfiguration’

Among the considerable pleasures of the new James Brandon Lewis quartet record is how it insists on expanding how we think about the leader himself.

Ches Smith’s ‘Laugh Ash’ Is Exhilarating Music

Ches Smith’s ‘Laugh Ash’ Is Exhilarating Music

Ches Smith has real jazz chops, but he creatively blends tonal jazz, harmonic freedom, electronics, classical “new music”, and traditions from around the world.

JazzMatters: The Best New Jazz of Autumn 2023

JazzMatters: The Best New Jazz of Autumn 2023

Our jazz columnist chooses the best new jazz albums of Autumn 2023 while reflecting on a new documentary, Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity.

The 17 Best Jazz Albums of 2023

The 17 Best Jazz Albums of 2023

Some of it is conventionally beautiful and some thrills by rubbing against the edges of tonality. But all of the best jazz of 2023 serves a vision.

The 13 Best Jazz Albums of 2021

The 13 Best Jazz Albums of 2021

Creative, improvised music in the Black American tradition remains in a state of wonder and genre-crossing excitement in the best jazz albums of 2021.

James Brandon Lewis and Red Lily Wagon Explore George Washington Carver’s Legacy Through Heartfelt Improvisation

James Brandon Lewis and Red Lily Wagon Explore George Washington Carver’s Legacy Through Heartfelt Improvisation

James Brandon Lewis, a highly expressive young saxophonist, explores the meaning of George Washington Carver through a fresh quintet, earthy and free at once.