New discs from James Brandon Lewis and Vijay Iyer merit serious attention from admirers of improvised music.
“I don’t work the system anymore, except as a last resort: I aim instead to bypass it. The better I have gotten at circumventing gatekeepers, the more successful my writing career has been.”
Nothing that guitarist Pat Metheny had done previously hinted at this sprawling 1981 masterpiece.
This is one of the best traditional big band records you’ll hear this year, or maybe this decade.
Two albums, from a late master and a newbie, are notable additions to the current wave of introspective solo piano excursions.
Two pianoless quartets + two restless leaders = some of the best music of the last few years.
Each month, our arts critics — music, book, theater, dance, and visual arts — fire off a few brief reviews.
With apologies to the Swan of Avon.
At a time most venues are doing without live music, the Creative Music Series is bucking the trend with free public concerts in outdoor locations throughout the Boston area.
To my ears, the pieces in Entendre are fascinating, if not particularly funky.