Adventurous jazz is not always as much fun to listen to as it is on Hero Trio, a stellar meeting of compositions, arrangements, and astute performances propelled by real passion.
The exhilarating power of live music in a small club blazed forth whenever the momentum built loud and hard toward a stirring transition.
Decades on, Matthew Shipp and Whit Dickey have grown into mature models of how to keep the faith when following an idiosyncratic muse.
I’d have to give the edge to Dave Liebman in terms of innovative creative reach. But Lakecia Benjamin more than holds her own in how she gives re-vitalizing attention to some very important musical roots.
Last Desert proves that guitarist Liberty Ellman and his group can dance when they want
Pianist Kris Davis’s Diatom Ribbons and the multi-disc set Nat King Cole’s Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-43) are among the albums that made more than one list.
jaimie branch knows music has to be wild and dangerous and beautiful to cut through all the distractions of our times.
The powerful quartets on The People I Love and Terra Incognita work toward locating places beyond notation where, in each moment, new vistas may emerge.
Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony is his third effort in the grand form.
This set of discs will be a delight for any fan of advanced (and incredibly sustained) creativity in music.