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.
A pair of beauties: an Eric Revis quintet album and a solo excursion from Chick Corea.
The disc mixes classics and originals in a set of tunes perfect for late-night reveries or for anytime sojourns to a place of unhurried passion.
The album’s set of pieces not only revels in the spirited formal experimentation of the great musician’s music, but its expressive urgency as well.
No matter his musical surroundings, there is never any doubt that it is Joe Lovano you are hearing.
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.