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.
Jazz band Dirigo Rataplan explores what could be described as ‘chamber expressionism.’
It is this ability to ground their sophistication that makes the Macuco Quintet a band worthy of affection as well as admiration.
From intense solo recitals to big band rumbles, Satoko Fujii can not only be counted on for exploratory zeal — she also has the chops to pull off whatever she attempts.
Nels Cline 4 is a group that can cross musical and cultural boundaries with exhilarating ease.
On these two discs you’ll find masterfully played, engaging excursions into the tonal beyond.
Good things come in threes.
The talented duo’s ability to impressively converse across a stylistic divide was fascinating.