Articles by: S. Victor Aaron

Richard Pinhas & Barry Cleveland (feat. Michael Manring & Celso Alberti) – Mu (2016)

Richard Pinhas & Barry Cleveland (feat. Michael Manring & Celso Alberti) – Mu (2016)

Lush, attenuated and unpredictable soundscapes by looping and effects guitar masters make ‘Mu’ a major entry in the celebrated catalogs of both Pinhas and Cleveland.

Happy Place – Northfield (2016)

Happy Place – Northfield (2016)

The music from Happy Place’s ‘Northfield’ wouldn’t readily be described as cheerful, but it’s intended as a cathartic release, and that’s just what it achieves.

Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo and Frank Rosaly – Hearts and Minds (2016)

Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo and Frank Rosaly – Hearts and Minds (2016)

Not always tuneful but unfailingly engaging and playful, ‘Hearts and Minds’ exemplifies the best qualities of adventurous Chicago jazz.

Azymuth – Fênix (2016)

Azymuth – Fênix (2016)

Like the mythical phoenix bird that rises from the ashes, Azymuth has rebounded from a devastating blow. On ‘Fênix’, José Roberto Bertrami’s spirit lives on strong.

Ivo Perelman, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver – The Art Of The Improv Trio, Volume 4 (2016)

Ivo Perelman, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver – The Art Of The Improv Trio, Volume 4 (2016)

Ivo Perelman liberally mixes and matches his improv trios for his ‘Art of the Improv Trio’ series and maintains his high standards for free jazz all the same.

Bobby Previte – Mass (2016)

Bobby Previte – Mass (2016)

In the battle between the 1400’s and the 2000’s, art in the form of uniquely inspired music wins.

Dave Stryker, “O Tannebaum” (2016): One Track Mind

Dave Stryker, “O Tannebaum” (2016): One Track Mind

Get a free download of Dave Stryker’s bonus track “O Tannabaum”, and put a little swing in your holidays.

Sound Etiquette – Sound Etiquette (2016)

Sound Etiquette – Sound Etiquette (2016)

‘Sound Etiquette’ revisits an old, forgotten virtue from the earliest days of electric jazz.

Dr. MiNT, “Down To One” from Voice In The Void (2016): Something Else! exclusive stream

Dr. MiNT, “Down To One” from Voice In The Void (2016): Something Else! exclusive stream

If songs like Dr. MiNT’s “Down To One” isn’t where jazz is headed, then it’s probably going in the wrong direction.

Rob Reddy – Citizen Quintet (2016)

Rob Reddy – Citizen Quintet (2016)

Rob Reddy’s ‘Citizen Quintet’ imposes itself as more than just a collection of songs but as a creature: inhaling, exhaling, always moving in crooked paths while always finding its way home, displaying evolving emotion as it bursts with complexity.