Articles by: S. Victor Aaron

Sebastien Ammann, “One” from Color Wheel (2017): Something Else! sneak peek

Sebastien Ammann, “One” from Color Wheel (2017): Something Else! sneak peek

Sebastien Ammann and Color Wheel achieve their mission of stimulating, dynamic jazz in the span of a fairly concise four minutes. Nothing is wasted on “One.”

David Weiss and Point of Departure – Wake Up Call (2017)

David Weiss and Point of Departure – Wake Up Call (2017)

Using bright, open-minded up-and-coming musicians much as Miles had done throughout his career, Weiss through Point of Departure very effectively uses a forgotten, fertile slice of jazz’s past to suggest a way forward.

Blackfield – Blackfield V (2017)

Blackfield – Blackfield V (2017)

Now a true Steven Wilson/Aviv Geffen collaboration again, Blackfield gets its mojo back with ‘Blackfield V’.

Vinnie Sperrazza – Juxtaposition (2017)

Vinnie Sperrazza – Juxtaposition (2017)

Thus far for the drummer, composer and bandleader Vinnie Sperrazza, it’s two albums, two different approaches, same high quality level jazz. The consistent ‘Juxtaposition’ justifies keeping Sperrazza on the watch list.

LiveHuman, “Miles From Miles” from Scratchbop: Something Else! exclusive stream (2017)

LiveHuman, “Miles From Miles” from Scratchbop: Something Else! exclusive stream (2017)

Here’s an exclusive stream of “Miles From Miles” from cutting-edge hip-hop/jazz trio LiveHuman’s new album ‘Scratchbop.’

Modus Factor – The Picasso Zone (2016)

Modus Factor – The Picasso Zone (2016)

When great musicians from different bands and projects get together for the express purpose of making music without the restrictions they usually face elsewhere, it should bring out the best in all of them. That’s just what happened with the guys in Modus Factor on their inaugural effort ‘The Picasso Zone.’

The Wood Brothers – Live At The Barn (2017)

The Wood Brothers – Live At The Barn (2017)

On ‘Live At The Barn,’ The Wood Brothers brought Little Feat attitude with Taj Mahal worldliness and soul to Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Woodstock barn last summer.

Matthew Shipp Trio, “Flying Carpet” from Piano Song: Something Else! sneak peek

Matthew Shipp Trio, “Flying Carpet” from Piano Song: Something Else! sneak peek

Here’s an exclusive stream of “Flying Carpet”, from the Matthew Shipp Trio album ‘Piano Song’ to be released January 27, 2017 on Thirsty Ear Records.

Mary Halvorson and Sylvie Courvoisier – Crop Circles (2017)

Mary Halvorson and Sylvie Courvoisier – Crop Circles (2017)

A mere two months following yet another highly thought-of ensemble record, guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has returned.

Dialectical Imagination – The Angle and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture (2017)

Dialectical Imagination – The Angle and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture (2017)

Dialectical Imagination’s ‘The Angle and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture’ is a presentation of music that’s informed by deft musicianship but rides on waves of passion.