Sunset Park Polyphony (self-produced) The self-released Sunset Park Polyphony is saxophonist David Bindman’s most ambitious recording to date. On this double-CD, he defines himself as a bandleader, composer and improviser more fully than on previous recordings. His compositions blend jazz with musical elements from India and Africa, without sounding a [...]Read more >>
Dirigo Rataplan (Skirl) The title of drummer Devin Gray’s debut as a leader, Dirigo Rataplan, loosely translates from Latin and French as “leading from the beat.” And Gray’s skills allow him to do just that, with grace and determination. The 28-year-old, Brooklyn-based drummer and composer builds complex tonal structures with angular and percussive taps and thrums that [...]Read more >>
The Perperikon Suite (First Orbit Sounds) Concept albums devoted to ancient civilizations are common in prog-rock and classical music, but are rare in jazz. The ancient Thracian city of Perperikon inspired this resplendent seven-part jazz suite from Bay Area guitarist Hristo Vitchev, who composed and performed it at the 2010 [...]Read more >>
Walking Dark (Edition) The title of Phronesis’ latest recording alludes to concerts the European three-piece has played in total darkness. Their performances were inspired by double bassist Jasper Høiby’s sister, who was blinded by cataracts. Nonetheless, Walking Dark does follow a roadmap. Each of the 12 numbers has a single [...]Read more >>
Toward the Low Sun (Drag City) Although it’s been two decades since violinist and keyboardist Warren Ellis, guitarist Mick Turner and drummer Jim White formed the Dirty Three in Melbourne, Australia, there remains no consensus about how to categorize their music. The sonic collisions and open-road wanderings in which they [...]Read more >>
Book of Mæ’bul (Another Kind of Sunrise) (AUM Fidelity) Like its predecessors, 2009’s Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) and 2011’s Big Gurl (Smell My Dream), Darius Jones’ latest recording, Book of Mæ’bul (Another Kind of Sunrise), is inspired by a fictional character — a creation meant to embody [...]Read more >>
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