Articles by: S. Victor Aaron

Cuong Vu 4-Tet, featuring Bill Frisell – Change In The Air (2018)

Cuong Vu 4-Tet, featuring Bill Frisell – Change In The Air (2018)

‘Change In The Air’ is the same sort of capacious, thoughtful and lyrical sound from Cuong Vu’s 4-Tet as it’s always been but now it feels more of four major voices than ever before.

Anders Aarum – Shakin’ Our Souls (2018)

Anders Aarum – Shakin’ Our Souls (2018)

Oslo’s Anders Aarum is a jazz pianist capable of tackling just about any style of jazz, from his membership in the New Orleans jazz troupe Funky Butt to the downtempo soul of Beady Belle to free jazz with

Roscoe Mitchell Sextet – Sound (1966, 2018 reissue)

Roscoe Mitchell Sextet – Sound (1966, 2018 reissue)

Before any of those seminal recordings by the AACM family could happen, Roscoe Mitchell’s ‘Sound’ needed to.

Shai Maestro – The Dream Thief (2018)

Shai Maestro – The Dream Thief (2018)

Shai Maestro was already living up to his flattering last name when we first noticed him as the pianist in Avishai Cohen’s trio back in ’08. He would stay with

Kait Dunton, “OCD” from trioKAIT 2 (2018): One Track Mind

Kait Dunton, “OCD” from trioKAIT 2 (2018): One Track Mind

‘trioKAIT 2’ was released last spring, but that doesn’t mean that Kait Dunton and her sharp, small squad aren’t done creating some buzz with it.

Butcher Brown, “Camden Session” from Camden Session (2018): Something Else! sneak peek

Butcher Brown, “Camden Session” from Camden Session (2018): Something Else! sneak peek

Following a tribute to Afrobeat great Fela Kuti, Butcher Brown goes back to doing their usual analog, bell bottoms thing.

Rogério Boccato Quarteto – No Old Rain (2018)

Rogério Boccato Quarteto – No Old Rain (2018)

Calling this band “Rogério Boccato Quarteto” instead of the “Rogério Boccato Quartet” serves notice that this is Brazilian jazz music and ‘No Old Rain’ is a very good celebration of that music.

Walter Becker, “Our Lawn” (early 1990s): One Track Mind

Walter Becker, “Our Lawn” (early 1990s): One Track Mind

The ample leftovers from Walter Becker’s ’11 Tracks of Whack’ sessions continue to be pulled out of the frig, warmed in the microwave and set on the table for feasting.

Brandon Seabrook Trio – Convulsionaries (2018)

Brandon Seabrook Trio – Convulsionaries (2018)

The way a chamber string trio is being used by the Brandon Seabrook Trio for ‘Convulsionaries’ is bonafide wack. It’s akin to G.G. Allin hosting ‘Masterpiece Theater.’

Kind Folk – Why Not (2018)

Kind Folk – Why Not (2018)

Kind Folk is a new jazz supergroup that lives up to the promise its first time out, with ‘Why Not.’

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