Articles by: S. Victor Aaron

Victor Assis Brasil – Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim (1970, 2017 reissue)

Victor Assis Brasil – Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim (1970, 2017 reissue)

Victor Assis Brasil left behind several quality works to explore but his Jobim tribute ‘Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim’ now reissued is a fine place to start on that journey.

Eivind Opsvik,  “Brraps!” from Overseas V (2017): Something Else! exclusive stream

Eivind Opsvik, “Brraps!” from Overseas V (2017): Something Else! exclusive stream

In the exclusive premiere of Eivind Opsvik’s “Brraps!”, the guy making those deft moves on the double bass is the same one wearing a raincoat making deft dance moves in his living room.

Harriet Tubman, with Wadada Leo Smith – Araminta (2017)

Harriet Tubman, with Wadada Leo Smith – Araminta (2017)

In what will likely go down as one of the best uncategorizable releases of the year, Harriet Tubman’s ‘Araminta’ is a swaggering statement from four musicians who thrive on taking chances.

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, “The Reckoning” from Ruler Rebel (2017): Something Else! sneak peek

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, “The Reckoning” from Ruler Rebel (2017): Something Else! sneak peek

“The Reckoning” track has just been released as a stream and is the opening salvo in this latest campaign by Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, from the upcoming first leg of the trilogy ‘Ruler Rebel’.

Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Loafer’s Hollow (2017)

Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Loafer’s Hollow (2017)

Blurring the lines between art and wit for fourteen years running, Mostly Other People Do The Killing are still making absurdity in jazz fun.

Glenn Zaleski – Fellowship (2017)

Glenn Zaleski – Fellowship (2017)

With only two albums to his name alone, Glenn Zaleski is a fully realized talent as a pianist, composer and bandleader. Fellowship is going to delight anybody who relishes Fred Hersch and Keith Jarrett trio records.

Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People – Weather Or Not (2017)

Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People – Weather Or Not (2017)

Wayne Shorter himself sees the “graphically arranged material of Weather Report” on ‘Weather Or Not’ as Gerry Gibbs keeping up with his “creative mission.”

Ross Hammond – Follow Your Heart (2017)

Ross Hammond – Follow Your Heart (2017)

A back-to-basics record that flows forth with natural ease, ‘Follow Your Heart’ is Ross Hammond practicing what he’s preaching with the title.

John Ginty, feat. Aster Pheonyx – Rockers (2017)

John Ginty, feat. Aster Pheonyx – Rockers (2017)

Pheonyx is a singing talent that’s a good match for Ginty’s keyboard talent because both rock with a lot of soul, and the songwriting partnership is already paying off dividends. ‘Rockers’ could be the beginning of a beautiful musical relationship.

Thinking Plague – Hoping Against Hope (2017)

Thinking Plague – Hoping Against Hope (2017)

feature photo: Sal DeVincenzo, courtesy of Cuneiform Records The notion of progressive rock often suggests the melding of rock with some elements of jazz or jazz fusion, due to extended song forms and an emphasis on instrumental prowess. Thinking Plague sets