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.
Scandal is a masterful example of musical discourse dedicated to making the most of the powers and pleasures of tradition-infused improvised jazz.
Three incisive visions of what’s to come from largish groups of committed musicians.
Both Cowboys and Frenchmen and Mark Zaleski Band “groove, interact, and emote.”
The disc’s assemblage of young and old pianists pays off — Handful of Keys is one of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s better efforts.