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Dan Weiss Starebaby Blend Metal and Jazz on 'Natural Selection'

"New jazz" drummer Dan Weiss has composed varied landscapes for a band that use doom metal textures and delve into electronica, but just as often use acoustic piano and organic drumming to make complexity sound luscious.

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Brian Bromberg Pays Tribute to Hendrix With "Jimi" (premiere + interview)

Bass giant Brian Bromberg revisits his 2012 tribute to Jimi Hendrix 50 years after his passing, and reflects on the impact Hendrix's music has had on generations.

Jedd Beaudoin
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Georgia Anne Muldrow's New Jyoti LP 'Mama, You Can Bet!' Is a Revelation

Jyoti's Mama, You Can Bet! is a revelation -- of time, of rhythm, of sound. It takes the free-ranging jazz sensibilities of Georgia Anne Muldrow's previous outings under the Jyoti moniker and gives them a next-level boost.

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GADADU's "dosaardvark" is a Dense, Psychedelic, Jazz-Leaning Gem (premiere)

Eclectic Brooklyn sextet GADADU revisit a track originally recorded in 2015 that takes on new meaning in the age of COVID-19 and racial unrest.

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Jaga Jazzist's 'Pyramid' Is an Earthy, Complex, Jazz-Fusion Throwback

On their first album in five years, Norway's Jaga Jazzist create a smooth but intricate pastiche of styles with Pyramid.

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Jazz's Aaron Parks Explores on 'Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man'

Jazz pianist Aaron Parks' grooving but exploratory quartet returns for a second recording after being on the road, and it's stunning.

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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.

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Man Alive! Is a Continued Display of the Grimy-Yet-Refined Magnetism of King Krule

Following The OOZ and its accolades, King Krule crafts a similarly hazy gem with Man Alive! that digs into his distinct aesthetic rather than forges new ground.

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All That Jazz and Then Some: An Interview with Defunkt's Joseph Bowie

Constructed with the intricacies of jazz, charged with the muscular pump of rock, and executed with punk's ferocity, Defunkt remains one of popular music's most intriguing acts. Frontman Joseph Bowie talks with PopMatters about the band's long, colourful, and arduous journey.

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Avishai Cohen Mixes Acid-Psych, Ambiance, and Smoky Jazz on 'Big Vicious'

Avishai Cohen's Big Vicious offers a stunning take on Massive Attack's "Teardrop" among other highlights on an album that feels like a jazz version of post-rock.

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Pat Metheny Adds Strings to His Quartet on 'From This Place'

On From This Place, Pat Metheny's recent and superb quartet is supplemented by orchestral arrangements on ten new Metheny originals.

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Euglossine Creates a Gleaming Electronic Vista with 'Psaronius'

Underground electronic artist Euglossine's latest album, Psaronius, contains surprising warmth among the digital flash.

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Trey Anastasio Band Bring Spirit Family Together in the City of Angels

It's Trey Anastasio Band's newer songs that most energize their audience, which a testament to the creative wave that Anastasio has been riding for the past few years.

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Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington Join Together to Take Berkeley Higher

Two generations of Jedi jazz masters join forces for a majestic co-headlining tour. Like Kamasi Washington, Herbie Hancock expresses sentiment for the good people of humanity coming together to transcend the chaos of modern times.

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With 'NOICE' Guitarist/Composer Alexander Noice Offers a Thrilling, Fast-Paced Multi-Genre Experiment

Jazz, art-rock, punk, and synthpop are just a few of the styles Alexander Noice and his exceptionally talented band explore on an album where the energy level never flags.

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The Sun Ra Arkestra Brings Interplanetary Music to San Francisco

Led by 95-year-old saxophonist Marshall Allen, the longest running band in jazz delivers a transcendent four-night run at the SFJazz Center.

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This Simulation Is a Good One: An Interview with Nate Mercereau

When not playing electric guitar for Lizzo, co-writing with Shawn Mendes, or tutoring under Shelia E., Nate Mercereau is a songwriting force to be reckoned with, and with his debut instrumental solo effort Joy Techniques, his artistry has deepened further.

Jon Harvey
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Chick Corea Explores More Latin Possibilities With His New Group

The Spanish Heart Band–Antidote is a thrilling fusion of grooves and soul, further cementing Chick Corea as one of the most innovative voices in jazz history.

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Jazz-Rock's Red Kite Deliver Grooves and Drones in Equal Measure on Debut

Their fuzzed-out sonic signature might not be for everyone, but for adventurous listeners, Red Kite specialize in a fusion of music blending the complexity of Ornette Coleman with the heaviness of Black Sabbath.

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Ed Palermo's 'Lousy Day'

With A Lousy Day in Harlem, the Ed Palermo Big Band abandons the Zappa tunes -- for now -- to focus on an engaging collection of jazzy tunes by Palermo and others.

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Space Is Still the Place for Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Arkestra

Ninety-five-year-old saxophonist Marshall Allen continues to lead Sun Ra's legendary jazz ensemble through the turbulent present and toward a better future for mankind.

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Stronger Hooks Prevail with Thank You Scientist's Latest Video, "Swarm" (premiere)

New Jersey progressive rock/jazz fusion septet, Thank You Scientist are as lovably technical, zany, and catchy as ever on this latest single from their upcoming third LP, Terraformer.

Jordan Blum
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Jazz and Spanish Sounds Find Common Ground on New Bojaira's 'Zorongo Blu'

Comprised of seasoned jazz and flamenco musicians, the debut from New Bojaira demonstrates how well genres can merge under experienced hands.

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Funky Fanfares and Half-Forgotten Daydreams: The 'Unusual Sounds' of Library Music

Anthology Recordings releases a curious, surprisingly enjoyable collection of stock instrumentals from a bygone era.

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With 'Outer Song' GADADU Help Redefine Jazz in Contemporary Culture

The second album from the unique New York jazz/pop/soul outfit GADADU is an odd – and oddly inviting – collection of songs that combine old-school tradition with new ideas.

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John Scofield's 'Combo 66' Sounds Like You'll Be Hearing It Forever

Timeless guitarist John Scofield has the biggest audience of his career creating effortless, playful jazz that swings like yesterday but appeals in the present. Joyous.

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Funk/Fusion Instrumental Unit TAUK Struts Its Musical Diversity on "CMF 9000" (premiere + interview)

Veteran New York City band TAUK can groove and jam with the best, as on "CMF 9000". Drummer Isaac Teel discusses how the group got where it is and where it's going.

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Dorian Concept Systematically Deconstructs Genres to Create Something New on 'The Nature of Imitation'

The Nature of Imitation is the sound of Dorian Concept systematically deconstructing various genres, stripping them back to the bones underneath and then rearranging them one layer at a time until he has a new form.

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Kamasi Washington Continues His Sprawling Musical Attack with 'Heaven and Earth'

Acclaimed saxophonist Kamasi Washington drops another ambitious, multi-disc album that swings, grooves, and inspires.

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Dave Liebman on Sax + Two Drummers = Free Jazz Without the Jazz

Adam Rudolph, Dave Liebman, and Tatsuya Nakatani have summoned the appropriate named Unknowable.

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Conversations with Himself: Guitarist Bill Frisell on His New Solo Guitar Outing

Maverick jazz guitarist Bill Frisell moved back to New York City and looked deep into his own catalog of tunes for a new solo guitar recording. Our interview.

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'After the Fall' Chronicles Keith Jarrett's Late '90s Return to the Stage

As jazz pianist Keith Jarrett recovered from chronic fatigue syndrome, he recorded this live set of bebop tracks that are first now seeing the light of day.


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