The magazine’s jazz critics look back over the past year and highlight their favorites — mainly recordings.
It might seem a stretch to pair drummer Andrew Cyrille’s disc with composer/trumpeter Amir ElSaffar’s. But both spent time under the tutelage of the redoubtable Cecil Taylor, and it shows.
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.