Articles by: S. Victor Aaron

Matthew Shipp on David S. Ware, unusual collaborations + the Miles Davis Paradigm

Matthew Shipp on David S. Ware, unusual collaborations + the Miles Davis Paradigm

Matthew Shipp offers interesting thoughts for Dialog Talk, a site that archives ideas and perspectives from extraordinary global arts figures.

Donny McCaslin – Fast Future (2015)

Donny McCaslin – Fast Future (2015)

Donny McCaslin’s ‘Fast Future’ manages to be original, adventurous and engaging all at once, making this one of his very best efforts to date.

Bluey, “Saints and Sinners” from Life Between The Notes (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Bluey, “Saints and Sinners” from Life Between The Notes (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Bluey’s new tune “Saints and Sinners” doesn’t get the point across from the lyrics alone: the music delivers, too.

Jeff Oster, featuring Nile Rodgers, Chuck Rainey + Bernard Purdie – next (2015)

Jeff Oster, featuring Nile Rodgers, Chuck Rainey + Bernard Purdie – next (2015)

Here is a review of trumpeter Jeff Oster’s new groove-laden new age release ‘next’, featuring Nile Rodgers, Chuck Rainey and Bernard Purdie.

Matthew Shipp Chamber Ensemble – The Gospel According to Matthew and Michael (2015)

Matthew Shipp Chamber Ensemble – The Gospel According to Matthew and Michael (2015)

The musicianship gets this improvised chamber jazz concept off the ground, but it’s the bottomless imaginations of Shipp, Maneri and Bisio that make ‘The Gospel According To Matthew and Michael’ fly.

Jeff Cosgrove, Frank Kimbrough, Martin Wind – Conversations With Owls (2015)

Jeff Cosgrove, Frank Kimbrough, Martin Wind – Conversations With Owls (2015)

‘Conversations With Owls’ is a thoughful, exploratory collaboration by Jeff Cosgrove, Frank Kimbrough and Martin Wind.

Nick Hempton, “Catch Up [Catch and Release #7]” (2015): One Track Mind

Nick Hempton, “Catch Up [Catch and Release #7]” (2015): One Track Mind

Here is a review of the seventh song from Nick Hempton’s ‘Catch and Release’ series. “Catch Up” features his base quartet playing a little free form jazz.

Geyster – Knight Games, Vols. I-III (2015)

Geyster – Knight Games, Vols. I-III (2015)

Geyster is having a love affair with vintage West Coast music and is taking us along for a long, pleasurable nearly two hour ride.

Gaps and Spaces [Greg Ward + Caleb Willitz] – Synoptic Optiks (2015)

Gaps and Spaces [Greg Ward + Caleb Willitz] – Synoptic Optiks (2015)

Here is a review of the Greg Ward/Caleb Willitz experimental Gaps & Space project ‘Synoptic Optiks.’ Once again, Greg Ward finds another way to defy not only expectations but discourage the very notion of setting expectations on him in the first place.

Ben Goldberg – Orphic Machine (2015)

Ben Goldberg – Orphic Machine (2015)

Here is a review of Ben Goldberg’s ‘Orphic Machine’, his salute to the influence of his old college professor, the late poet Allen Grossman. Goldberg, once again sublimely assimilates so many disparate influences, and is able to distill them into a product he projects through his own, kaleidoscopic lens.