William Parker, the 69-year-old composer, multi-instrumentalist, author, and all-around presence on the progressive jazz scene churns out challenging music with prolific abandon.
New discs from James Brandon Lewis and Vijay Iyer merit serious attention from admirers of improvised music.
Two albums, from a late master and a newbie, are notable additions to the current wave of introspective solo piano excursions.
A couple of adventurous pianists decided, as their latest solo releases confirm, to use forced isolation as a spur to inspiration.
Fuse critics pay homage to Chick Corea performances and recordings that they found memorable.
One disc pays expert homage to the late pianist Harold Mabern; pianist Yoko Miwa’s latest album supplies much appreciated exuberance.
The magazine’s jazz critics look back over the past year and highlight their favorites — performances, recordings, and books.
Bill Irwin’s homage to Samuel Beckett explores what makes the writer so fascinating, even inspiring, for those who appreciate the knockabout beauty of his despair.
New albums from Mary Halvorson and Rich Halley march into fresh realms of freedom.
Serious but not somber would be a succinct way to describe this trio’s work as heard on disc and in a powerful recent live performance.