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Gordon Grdina's Nomad Trio Create a Potent Mix on 'Nomad'

Vancouver guitarist and oud player Gordon Grdina joins forces with two stellar New York jazz players to create a snapping blend of free improvisation, sharp fusion, and jabbering polyrhythm.


Dave Douglas Quintet's 'Brazen Heart: Live at Jazz Standard' Sits Cozily Next to Miles Davis' 'Plugged Nickel' Recordings

This is trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas' second quintet, playing its repertoire from memory in eight sets in four nights. Dazzling.


Dan Weiss Forms His Dream Band to Play His Nightmare Music

Dan Weiss' Starebaby is both terrifying and thoughtful. The balance it achieves might be even more terrifying.


The Best Jazz of 2017

The best and most exciting jazz of 2017 is increasingly happening at the intersection of different streams of music. Reveling in a diversity of influences and therefore a kind of complexity makes it "art music", inevitably.


Matt Mitchell: A Pouting Grimace

Matt Mitchell's latest recording for a large new jazz ensemble is one of the most riveting and original recordings of the decade.


Tim Berne: Snakeoil

Absorbing Snakeoil is one of this "how did they do that?" kinds of experiences.

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