Reviews

Gary Peacock Trio

Now This (ECM) At the age of 80, bassist Gary Peacock plays, improvises and composes…

Ramón Valle

Take Off (In + Out) Pianist Ramón Valle has conquered jazz scenes across the globe.…

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Matthew Shipp-Mat Walerian Duo

The Uppercut: Live at Okuden (ESP-Disk) Pianist Matthew Shipp and saxophonist/clarinetist/flutist Mat Walerian hail from…

John Raymond

Foreign Territory (Fresh Sound/New Talent) The title of trumpeter and flugelhornist John Raymond’s sophomore release…

The Robert Glasper Trio

Covered: The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live at Capitol Studios (Blue Note) In his spoken…

Ran Blake/Christine Correa

The Road Keeps Winding (Red Piano) Vocalists who interpret the work of a singer and…

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Marcus Miller

Afrodeezia (Blue Note) Certain members of the Jazz Police won’t like this album. “Too busy,”…

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Kamasi Washington

The Epic (Brainfeeder) Comprising 17 tracks, three discs and a three-hour run time, Kamasi Washington’s…

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Tony Adamo and the New York Crew

Tony Adamo and the New York Crew (Urban Zone) “Hipspokenword” artist Tony Adamo comes across…

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Benny Green

Live in Santa Cruz! (Sunnyside) The audience at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Northern California…

The Shape of Things to Come

Henry Threadgill looks forward to looking forward. By Shaun Brady Explaining the structure of Henry…

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The Bad Plus Joshua Redman

The Bad Plus Joshua Redman (Nonesuch) At first blush, this would seem to be a…

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Bob Mintzer Big Band

Get Up! (MCG Jazz) Give Bob Mintzer his just due: Since recording his debut at…

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Harvie S / Sheryl Bailey

Plucky Strum (Whaling City Sound) Although guitarist Sheryl Bailey and bassist Harvie S have been…

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Sal Mosca

The Talk of the Town: Live at the Bimhuis (Sunnyside) Legend has it that pianist…

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Aaron Diehl

Space Time Continuum (Mack Avenue) The album’s title is a clever play on the multi-generational…

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Pat Martino with Jim Ridl

Nexus (HighNote) Nexus sheds light on an underappreciated partnership — guitarist Pat Martino’s decade-long collaboration…

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Rob Reich

Shadowbox (BAG Productions) Accordionist Rob Reich’s evocative style lends itself to storytelling. In the past,…

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Harold Mabern

Afro Blue (Smoke Sessions) Post-bop pianist Harold Mabern has worked with some of jazz’s greatest…

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Lisa Parrott

Round Tripper (Serious Niceness) Australian ex-pat saxophonist Lisa Parrott has recorded with many a prominent…

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Adam Birnbaum

Three of a Mind (Daedalus) Although pianist Adam Birnbaum has released three previous discs under…

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Myra Melford

Snowy Egret (Enja) Pianist Myra Melford’s new album, Snowy Egret, marks the recorded debut of…

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Oliver Lake/William Parker

To Roy (Intakt) Trumpeter Roy Campbell Jr., who died of heart disease in January 2014,…

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Buena Vista Social Club

Lost and Found (World Circuit) Nearly two decades have passed since the release of Buena…

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Jakob Bro

Gefion (ECM) Danish guitarist Jakob Bro clearly belongs to the introspective, post-Bill-Frisell cadre of electric…

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Charles Lloyd Quartet

Wild Man Dance (Blue Note) During his 25 years with the ECM imprint, saxophonist Charles…

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Clark Terry

Keep On Keepin’ On (Varèse Sarabande) With 24 tracks recorded between 1949 and last year,…

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Steven Feifke

Peace in Time (Self-released) His former teacher Brian Lynch describes 23-year-old pianist Steven Feifke as…

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Open Loose

The Signal Maker (Intakt) Bassist-composer Mark Helias has led ensembles of various sizes: sextets, quintets,…

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Anna Webber’s Percussive Mechanics

Refraction (Pirouet) Instrumental virtuosity is but one of the assorted elements that elevate Refraction, flutist/saxophonist/songwriter…

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Donny McCaslin

Fast Future (Greenleaf Music) On Fast Future is saxophonist Donny McCaslin’s elaboration upon the acoustic-jazz-and-electronica…

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Anat Cohen

Luminosa (Anzic) Natural exuberance pervades everything that Anat Cohen plays. Part of that spirit springs…

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Ernesto Cervini

Turboprop (Anzic) Toronto-born-and-based drummer and composer Ernesto Cervini isn’t one to stay married to any…

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Chantale Gagné

The Left Side of the Moon (Revelations) This is pianist and composer Chantale Gagné’s recording.…

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord

Jeremiah (Hot Cup) For his first solo on “The Bottle,” track one on Jeremiah, guitarist…

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Omar Sosa

Ilé (Otá) Throughout a career spanning almost 20 years and more than two dozen recordings,…

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The Kandinsky Effect

Somnambulist (Cuneiform) The Kandinsky Effect’s Somnambulist presents jazz fusion in the original sense of the…

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Andy Brown

Soloist (Delmark) Fingerstyle specialist Andy Brown brings a wealth of stylistic range and technical ability…

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Jean-Michel Pilc

What Is This Thing Called? (Sunnyside) Paris-born, New York-based pianist and composer Pilc is known…

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Ignacio Berroa

Heritage and Passion (5Passion) Heritage and Passion is drummer Ignacio Berroa’s unabashed love letter to…

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Kevin Eubanks & Stanley Jordan

Duets (Mack Avenue) More than simply an inspired, brilliantly performed execution of a high-concept project…

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Dave Liebman

Ceremony (Chesky) Samsara (Whaling City Sound) Saxophonist, flutist and composer Dave Liebman is one of…

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Hal Galper Trio

O’s Time (Origin) Pianist Hal Galper’s signature style involves bending and stretching pieces as far…

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Marquis Hill

Modern Flows EP Vol. 1 (Skiptone Music) Like Jason Moran and Robert Glasper, Marquis Hill…

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James Farm

City Folk (Nonesuch) The relative anonymity of “James Farm” conceals some well-known jazz names. Featuring…

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Branford Marsalis

In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral (OKeh) Apart from its many virtues, and its…

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Linda Presgrave

Along the Path (Metropolitan) Like many globetrotting jazz musicians, New York-based pianist Linda Presgrave takes…

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Eddie Henderson

Collective Portrait (Smoke Session) The opening two tunes, both written by trumpeter and flugelhorn player…

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Matt Lavelle/John Pietaro

Harmolodic Monk (Unseen Rain) Apply Ornette Coleman’s guiding principle of harmolodics to the music of…

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Frank Kimbrough

Frank Kimbrough Quartet (Palmetto) On his 12th album as a leader, pianist Frank Kimbrough achieves…

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Vijay Iyer Trio

Break Stuff (ECM) The latest album from pianist and composer Vijay Iyer, Break Stuff isn’t…

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Nick Sanders

You Are a Creature (Sunnyside) With his forward-leaning trio of bassist Henry Fraser and drummer…

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Champian Fulton

Change Partners: Live at the Yardbird Suite (Cellar Live) Now in her late 20s, pianist…

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Joanna Wallfisch

The Origin of Adjustable Things (Sunnyside) Throughout the entirety of this release, the partnership of…

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Aaron Goldberg

The Now (Sunnyside) Some folks view the piano trio as the foundation of jazz; others…

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Jeff Coffin

Saxophonist Jeff Coffin is a master of multitasking. While leading his Mu’tet band, with whom…

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Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet

Intents and Purposes (Enja) On the charmingly unassuming Intents and Purposes, guitarist Rez Abbasi and…

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Joe Sample and NDR Bigband

Children of the Sun (PRA) When funk/jazz trombonist Nils Landgren asked Joe Sample to compose…

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Jim Norton Collective

Time Remembered: Compositions of Bill Evans (Origin) It’s a mystery why Bill Evans’ compositions, beyond…

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Fresh Cut Orchestra

From the Vine (Ropeadope) Pretty much everything about the debut by the Fresh Cut Orchestra,…

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Charles Ruggiero

Boom Bang, Boom Bang! (Rondette Jazz) Charles Ruggiero is a second-generation jazz drummer (his dad,…

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Kenny Wheeler

Songs for Quintet (ECM) Kenny Wheeler, the legendary trumpeter and composer, died last September. Known…

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Abdullah Ibrahim

The Song Is My Story (Sunnyside) Now 80 years old and with an illustrious career…

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Nir Naaman

Independence (self-produced) Every once in a while, an album comes along that’s so fresh, genuinely…

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Ayelet Rose Gottlieb

Roadsides (Arogole Music) Two titles from Jerusalem-born singer Ayelet Rose Gottlieb’s new album — “Bridge”…

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Nels Cline & Julian Lage

Room (Mack Avenue) Guitarist Nels Cline may be best known as a member of Wilco,…

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Jimmy Greene

Beautiful Life (Mack Avenue) Two years ago, on the night of the Sandy Hook Elementary…

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Ali Jackson

Amalgamations (Sunnyside) Ali Jackson sports a broad, happy grin in the cover photo of this,…

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Marianne Solivan

Spark (Hipnotic) Marianne Solivan doesn’t waste a second before setting the mood for this stimulating…

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Chris Dundas

Oslo Odyssey (BLM Records) Travelers frequently find the most interesting places when they don’t use…

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Kenny Werner

Coalition (Half Note) At this stage of his career, it would be easy for Kenny…

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