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Bobby Avey: Inhuman Wilderness

The failings and callousness of mankind have long served as muse and model for artists, but rarely have such negative stimuli yielded such powerful, probing, and positively mesmerizing work as what can be heard on Inhuman Wilderness. This fifth album from pianist Bobby Avey provides extraordinarily…

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Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow: Carla Bley: Andando el Tiempo

A few months shy of three years following the release of Trios (ECM, 2013), composer/keyboardist and NEA Jazz Master Carla Bley returns with Andando el Tiempo, an album of largely introspective music that shares much with its predecessor, but also acts as a flip side of the same coin. Like Trios, An… [ read more ]

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Melissa Aldana: Back Home

Saxophonist Melissa Aldana leaves an indelible impression of her musicality in Back Home, her fourth release as a leader. She was the first female instrumentalist and first South American to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2013.

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Eric Revis Trio: Crowded Solitudes

Listening to a recording, one can assume, as opposed to attending a performance, involves just one of your five senses, hearing. The concert has of course sight, but something about m: Eric Revis ‘ Crowded Solitudes suggests other senses to consider. This trio recording follows City Of As…

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Dick Oatts / Mats Holmquist New York Jazz Orchestra: A Tribute to Herbie +1

A Tribute to Herbie +1 is Swedish-born composer / arranger m: Mats Holmquist ’s third “tribute” album, following well-received salutes to m: Chick Corea (2003) and m: Wayne Shorter (2012). For his encomium to pianist / composer m: Herbie Hancock , Holmquist… [ read more ]

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Carol Saboya: Carolina

Classic samba from enchanting Brazilian vocalist m: Carol Saboya and a first-rate band. It’s a family affair, with her father, pianist/composer m: Antonio Adolfo in charge of piano and arrangements.

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Mette Rasmussen/Paul Flaherty/Chris Corsano: Star-Spangled Voltage

I prefer the moniker ‘fire music’ over the descriptor ‘free jazz.’ It does a better job illustrating what improvising musicians achieve when they venture into the driving rhythms and forward momentum of this music. Good free jazz sounds like a bonfire. Great free jazz sounds, and feels like a barely…

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Mette Rasmussen/Paul Flaherty/Chris Corsano: Star-Spangled Voltage

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