Rising star alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins pushes into revelation with his quartet and guests, making modern jazz at a peak of drama on The 7th Hand.
On Live at the Village Vanguard Volume II, Steve Coleman and Five Elements blend New Jazz and hip-hop. The sound is liquid and flowing, tidal and a tidal wave.
The thrill of María Grand’s exceptionally flexible trio is how easily they make the complex sound earthy while imbuing simple themes with weight and power.
Jazz was working all the angles in 2010. Is there any other genre that has as much range -- from solo instruments to big bands, from instrumental to vocal, from European musicians to both North and South Americans, from truly pretty music to raucously avant-garde "noise"?
The program recorded here across two sets at the legendary New York club is immaculate in sound and conception—as good a summary of the core idea of Steve Coleman's music as we will ever have.
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.