The Guest House (Enja/Yellowbird) No doubt, the collective nature of Trio M contributes to the satisfying diversity of material on The Guest House. Pianist Myra Melford, bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Matt Wilson are clearly like-minded about ensemble interplay and the tension between astute writing and collective improvisation. Each shows [...]Read more >>
Dark Lady of the Sonnets (TUM) Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith’s spacious, meterless melodies and abstract compositions take the expanded post-free-jazz sonic palette of Chicago’s AACM as a jumping-off point, inhabiting a still, meditative space that’s uniquely his own. Drummer Pheeroan akLaff, with whom Smith has worked since the 1970s, can [...]Read more >>
Flying Steps (L&H) Russian pianist Yelena Eckemoff’s use of space, texture and harmony on her latest CD, Flying Steps, would befit any classical prodigy with a master’s from the Moscow State Conservatory. But other elements, including her interaction with bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz and drummer Peter Erskine, lead listeners to deeper [...]Read more >>
Open Up Your Mind (Love Productions) Renowned in his hometown of New York City, versatile soul-jazz singer and guitarist Allan Harris has earned a broad fan base in his travels. A shimmering showcase for his rich, emotional style, Open Up Your Mind is a travelogue in which Harris stylistically traverses [...]Read more >>
Celestial Circle (ECM) Percussionist Marilyn Mazur first caught listeners’ ears performing with giants such as Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Gil Evans. Over the years, her personal projects have revealed a wonderfully eclectic conception of jazz and improvisation. The quartet featured on Celestial Circle came together for a 2008 performance [...]Read more >>
Spacer (Delmark) Few bandleaders play the vibraphone, and no vibraphonist sounds quite like Jason Adasiewicz. Little wonder that he’s quickly earning accolades from the jazz community as a highly creative musician and leader. Spacer is the second disc from Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms trio, which also features bassist Nate McBride and [...]Read more >>
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