Articles by: S. Victor Aaron

Bill Evans – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert (2017)

Bill Evans – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert (2017)

Great audio quality and Jack DeJohnette’s rare presence makes ‘Another Time: The Hilversum Concert’ a “new” Bill Evans album that’s also easy to recommend for reasons well beyond merely completing a catalog.

Mike Reed – Flesh & Bone (2017)

Mike Reed – Flesh & Bone (2017)

It’s probably a little too hyperbolic to call Mke Reed’s ‘Flesh & Bone’ the most important release of the year. At the same time, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of its message at this critical time.

Brad Cheeseman – The Tide Turns (2017)

Brad Cheeseman – The Tide Turns (2017)

Proving again that contemporary jazz doesn’t necessarily equate to smooth jazz, Brad Cheeseman Group’s ‘The Tide Turns’ is another solid set of tracks from Cheeseman where real work is put in from conception to execution.

Vijay Iyer Sextet – Far From Over (2017)

Vijay Iyer Sextet – Far From Over (2017)

By not limiting himself within a narrow concept and exploiting a multiple of possibilities presented by the larger sextet, Vijay Iyer’s variety of tactics benefit ‘Far From Over,’ making this an insightful window into his wide-ranging capabilities.

Sam Boshnack Quintet – Nellie Bly Project (2017)

Sam Boshnack Quintet – Nellie Bly Project (2017)

Just as Nellie Bly was able to show what a woman is capable of when gender barriers are confronted or outright ignored, Sam Boshnack is an example of a growing number of women leading a resurgence of creativity in jazz.

Walt Weiskopf – Fountain Of Youth (2017)

Walt Weiskopf – Fountain Of Youth (2017)

‘Fountain Of Youth’ has the energy and enthusiasm of someone striving to make his mark, but with the discernment of the accomplished veteran that Weiskopf is.

Crown Larks – Population (2017)

Crown Larks – Population (2017)

Often compared to psychedelic post-rock outfits like Broadcast and Oneida, Chicago’s own Crown Larks can be thought of as jazz’s answer to Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, or indie rock’s answer to Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time, depending on

Gary Bartz’s NTU Troop – Harlem Bush Music – Uhuru (1971)/Joe Henderson – The Elements (1973) (2017 reissues)

Gary Bartz’s NTU Troop – Harlem Bush Music – Uhuru (1971)/Joe Henderson – The Elements (1973) (2017 reissues)

Jazz Dispensary reissues two early 70s documents of explorative jazz: Gary Bartz NTU Troop – ‘Harlem Bush Music – Uhuru’ (1971) and Joe Henderson feat Alice Coltrane – ‘The Elements’ (1973)

Denny Zeitlin and George Marsh – Expedition (2017)

Denny Zeitlin and George Marsh – Expedition (2017)

‘Expedition’ continues a long, provocative journey taken by Denny Zeitlin and George Marsh along the innovative frontier of jazz.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Barefoot In The Head (2017)

Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Barefoot In The Head (2017)

Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s ‘Barefoot In The Head’ doesn’t ape the Black Crowes or the Grateful Dead. It takes the best of both and runs it through its own carefree filter.

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