Brains on Fire (Labor) Besides sporting one of the truly great album titles, Heiner Stadler’s Brains on Fire, originally released in 1973, sounds remarkably new. Reissued on CD for the first time, along with previously unissued material, the music could have been recorded this year. Stadler, a more-than-competent pianist, was [...]Read more >>
The Tip of the Sword (RadJazz) If recordings, like spirits and wine, actually improved over time, this unconventional trio session could be offered as compelling proof. Featuring trombonist Conrad Herwig, pianist Richie Beirach and drummer Jack DeJohnette, The Tip of the Sword was recorded in 1994. Although only in his [...]Read more >>
The Baddest Monk (Savant) Humor, quirkiness, bluesy rootsiness and bebop brilliance are inherent qualities in the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk. Consequently, a certain intentional irreverence — without any disrespect, mind you — is practically the cost of admission for musicians to reach the heart of Monk tunes. On The [...]Read more >>
Plugged In (Bee Jazz) French-born, Brooklyn-based tenor and soprano saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh earned mainstream cred with his trio-standards album One Two Three. His solos on that album were compelling at every turn, enough to make you ask, “Who’s that?” But, for the most part, his other collaborations showed a more [...]Read more >>
2 by 2 (K2B2) Clearly, reedman and ever-forward thinker Anthony Braxton and bassist Buell Neidlinger have well-established avant-garde credibility. But through the decades, both players have also covered a wide swath of jazz from more conventional quarters. So it comes as no surprise that the newly released, two-disc archival duet [...]Read more >>
Family Ties (Leo) Saxophonist Ivo Perelman starts this album playing the kazoo. For two and a half minutes. Still reading? Good, because after that, the piece in question, the album’s title track, is an above-average hunk of free-jazz exploration. It helps that Perelman has players with the skills of bassist [...]Read more >>
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