Pianist Kris Davis’s Diatom Ribbons and the multi-disc set Nat King Cole’s Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-43) are among the albums that made more than one list.
jaimie branch knows music has to be wild and dangerous and beautiful to cut through all the distractions of our times.
The powerful quartets on The People I Love and Terra Incognita work toward locating places beyond notation where, in each moment, new vistas may emerge.
Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony is his third effort in the grand form.
This set of discs will be a delight for any fan of advanced (and incredibly sustained) creativity in music.
It is enormous fun to hear how this group of veterans try to think in new ways — as they do throughout this engaging release.
This album does an excellent job of recapturing some of the glory of the original Miles Davis recordings.
The disc is manna for lovers of assertive electric guitar, played by one of today’s top practitioners, in an unadorned trio setting.
Eric Dolphy fully deserves the renewed attention that this important release demands.
With two able bandmates, Fred Hersch is inspired to unwind a nice set of standards and a few originals.