New discs from James Brandon Lewis and Vijay Iyer merit serious attention from admirers of improvised music.
Nothing that guitarist Pat Metheny had done previously hinted at this sprawling 1981 masterpiece.
To my ears, the pieces in Entendre are fascinating, if not particularly funky.
It’s easy to single out each of these musicians, but listeners will hear the three as nearly one, which is surely what this trinity intended.
My guess is that Keith Jarrett probably wasn’t satisfied with this performance. I wouldn’t change a note, a gesture, or a shading.
The precision and inventiveness of Angular Blues more than meets our high expectations for this terrific trio.
This is an intelligent, inventively performed, be-boppish tribute to a composer I now know better than ever.
This fascinating documentary should be compelling to guitarists and to jazz fans in general.
Live, the experience of a cosmic rhythm with every stroke is both more intense and more intriguing than on record.
Pianist Vijay Iyer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith produce music that is precise and quietly evocative, peaceful and gently probing.