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Josh Johnson’s ‘Unusual Object’ Is a Fascinating Record

Josh Johnson’s ‘Unusual Object’ Is a Fascinating Record

Celebrated saxophonist Josh Johnson infuses his music with various styles on this surprisingly accessible new LP of processed, ambient jazz.

Melvin Gibbs Breathes New Life Into Protest Music on ‘4 + 1 Equals 5 for May 25’

Melvin Gibbs Breathes New Life Into Protest Music on ‘4 + 1 Equals 5 for May 25’

Long-time New York jazz sideman Melvin Gibbs breathes new life into protest music on the short but highly potent EP, 4 + 1 Equals 5 for May 25.

Steph Richards’ ‘Supersense’ Is Music So Wild You Can Smell It

Steph Richards’ ‘Supersense’ Is Music So Wild You Can Smell It

With her experimental jazz album Supersense, trumpeter Steph Richards may have created the first-ever album that you can smell.

Masma Dream World Go Global and Trippy on “Sundown Forest” (premiere)

Masma Dream World Go Global and Trippy on “Sundown Forest” (premiere)

Dancer, healer, musician Devi Mambouka shares the trippy "Sundown Forest", which takes listeners deep into the subconscious and onto a healing path.

Horse Lords Create a Loud, Disciplined Roar on ‘The Common Task’

Horse Lords Create a Loud, Disciplined Roar on ‘The Common Task’

Experimental rock's Horse Lords release their first album in four years, and it's meticulous and complex, but also undeniably joyous and celebratory.

Maurice Louca Returns with a Record of Cosmic Jazz Exploration

Maurice Louca Returns with a Record of Cosmic Jazz Exploration

On Elephantine, Egyptian artist Maurice Louca leaves behind electronic motifs and rediscovers the unyielding power of free jazz improvisation and the mystical sense of the Arabic musical tradition.