Articles by: S. Victor Aaron

Aaron Parks – ‘Little Big’ (2018)

Aaron Parks – ‘Little Big’ (2018)

Aaron Parks’ progressively minded ‘Little Big’ might not be the direction jazz is currently headed, but it should be.

Jeff Oster – ‘Reach’ (2018)

Jeff Oster – ‘Reach’ (2018)

The formula for Jeff Oster’s ‘Reach’ remains a familiar one, but it sounds just a little more refined now.

Brass Magic,  “Journey Around the Lake” from ‘Fanfare’ (2018): Something Else! Video Premiere

Brass Magic, “Journey Around the Lake” from ‘Fanfare’ (2018): Something Else! Video Premiere

Here is the video premiere of Brass Magic’s “Journey Around the Lake.”

Robert Walter’s 20th Congress – ‘Spacesuit’ (2018)

Robert Walter’s 20th Congress – ‘Spacesuit’ (2018)

Robert Walter’s 20th Congress was always about making fun party music out of jazz; ‘Spacesuit’ just takes it out to the final frontier.

Devin Gray – ‘Dirigo Rataplan II’ (2018)

Devin Gray – ‘Dirigo Rataplan II’ (2018)

The big accomplishment of the first ‘Dirigo Rataplan’ was in Devin Gray’s insight in conceptualizing ways to get the most out of his fellow musicians and himself. That’s the same kind of brilliance found on ‘Dirigo Rataplan II.’

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.

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