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"?
John Garratt is a music fan who has been publishing with PopMatters since 2010. He holds a BA from Hanover College and lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and two daughters.
Can Jon Savage's literal book This Searing Light, The Sun and Everything Else close the metaphoric book on Joy Division once and for all?
Guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan give us another quiet night at the Vanguard by way of the ECM label.
British rock icon Paul Weller lets his latest solo album dictate how the music flows on this laid-back live double album.
Derrick Bostrom reunites with the Kirkwood brothers for the first time in 24 years, and the resulting Dusty Notes rings true to Meat Puppets' legacy.
Marc Euvrie's (a.k.a. the Eye of Time) brand of experimental music dismisses the idea that some experiments are bound to fail.
Guitarist extraordinaire Henry Kaiser assembles a crack band based around Simon Barker's Korean rhythmic skills.
The sheer repetition of the Field's music on Infinite Moment lures you in, but it's the quality of what's happening in these dense mixes that makes you stay, that allows you see the forest for the tree.
Former Cul de Sac leader Glenn Jones offers the world ten more American Primitive originals on The Giant Who Ate Himself and Other New Works for 6 & 12 String Guitar.
American composer Elliott Carter had a unique and impactful career. So why is he not more widely discussed? His student, David Schiff, returns to the biography form to share Carter's story.
After 11 years, Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen is back with a new trio, peddling a blend of traditional, sacred, and original music.
Even if you can't tell what the endgame is, Wayne Shorter's Emanon is an intriguing listen.
Even when Interpol tries to change up the formula, they can't help but sound like themselves on Marauder.
Larry Goldings and his jazz trio are back for round 12 for some of that sweet organ sound on Toy Tunes.
With his quartet the Marrow, Gordon Grdina pries open the door to another hidden avenue of jazz-influenced Arabic music on Ejdeha.
Improvising is one thing. Improvising in a trio setting is another thing. Making beautiful and complex music together completely off-the-cuff is something else entirely.