Henry Threadgill’s followers and fans of modern jazz will have a new milestone to celebrate with Poof. The rest of you work on not taking him for granted.
The pandemic has yielded a number of lockdown musical creations, but guitarist Nate Mercereau captures the sadness and quiet joy better than most.
Alisa Amador’s Narratives does what an EP is meant to do. It gives a taste of Amador’s sweet vocals and melodies, leaving the listener wanting more.
Cochemea’s Vol. II: Baca Sew is an outstanding example of music and meaning working in tandem to produce an impactful record. This is soul music in every sense of the word.
Award-winning Brazilian musician Rodrigo Amarante talks with PopMatters about diversifying Latin sounds and ringing the political alarm in Brazil.
For all the avant-garde and free jazz elements at work on Sacred Ceremonies, it’s the sound of Wadada Leo Smith drifting forward and grabbing inspiration.
Joshua Crumbly seems intent on making the bass a comforting reminder of existence in an alien world where nothing is familiar except for the sounds we create.
Wadada Leo Smith’s triple-LP Trumpet will please devotees of the avant-garde and free improvisation. Can sound and atmosphere can be more interesting than melody?