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Miguel Zenón's extraordinary writing for strings and saxophone makes use of ever-changing textures generated out of jazz, Puerto Rican folk, and classical music.
You might argue that this session was forgotten, but this new release shouldn’t be thought of as lost -- because no one was looking for it
Nightconcert contains enough that is new and fresh to make this album one of the exciting discoveries of the year.
One of the most astonishing sets of my week in Montreal featured two Frenchmen, accordionist Vincent Peirani and soprano saxophonist Émile Parisien.
Among the festival's highlights: pianist-singer Jeremy Dutcher, who arrived on the stage of the tiny club Gesu dressed in shorts and a long flowing black robe with a hood.
Pianist Harold López-Nussa is his own bold and expressive rhythm section.
There are no missteps on this disc. Buster Williams and company make all the complications swing, mightily.
Juan Andrés Ospina is not just an original big band writer, but a deeply satisfying one as well.
One doesn’t have to have gone too deeply into Buddhism to recognize its influence on the titles found here, and perhaps on the music as well.
Indo-Pak Coalition's energized music and performance somehow manages to square the circle -- it is as engaging as it is songful and intelligent.
For poet Philip Levine, music is not only a good thing in life: the good things in life are music.
One marvels at Bill Frisell’s improvisations, which can be both surprising and songful. Bill Frisell: Music IS (Okeh/Sony Masterworks) By Michael Ullman In 1982, after having recorded with…
Three jazz singers go outside of the Great American Songbook -- with entrancing results.
Brian Blade is not only a skillfully discreet: he can be as powerful as any drummer since Elvin Jones.
The late Roswell Rudd tried every sound a trombone could make, all of his efforts marked with a natural musicality.
That’s why Wadada Leo Smith’s musical visions are so miraculous: there's an impression of drift, yet they rarely meander.
The evening will be an invaluable opportunity to hear sounds, textures, and melodies created by a veteran composer/arranger.
A gripping autobiography and beautiful new solo CD from a master jazz pianist -- Fred Hersch.
Matt Wilson's album includes both beautifully performed musical settings and readings of Carl Sandburg poems.
John Beasley and his big band doesn’t tame Monk or make him uncharacteristically pretty.
Hudson serves up varied, fresh, and exciting free jazz that imaginatively draws on rock, funky blues, and folk music.
Pianist Ahmad Jamal rose to fame by doing something completely different.
Of course, neither saxophonist sounds precisely like Coltrane: there would be no point in trying.
This collection demonstrates that the music of Ornette Coleman is in tune with something elemental and essential in the human spirit.
Several of these discs, including the sublime Jim Hall-Red Mitchell collaboration, are unexpected pleasures.
Contagious enjoyment is very much the goal of Ken Field’s Revolutionary Snake Ensemble. Mission accomplished.
Dave Liebman’s band, like its adventurous leader, is more than willing to take a deep dive.
Collectors and serious blues fans will want to own this invaluable set.
Over a dozen short notices of recent jazz recordings that I find musically stimulating.
Country for Old Men is surely going to stand as one of the best, as well as among the most unusual, recordings of the year.
"When you think about music it's got to be that way. Just the thrill of being able to play another note, not to win anything or get a trophy.”