Articles by: S. Victor Aaron

Nolatet – No Revenge Necessary (2018)

Nolatet – No Revenge Necessary (2018)

With ‘No Revenge Necessary,’ Nolatet once again come up with something that defies categorization outside the very broad confines of “jazz.”

Spencer Friedman and Paul de Jong – Functions (EP, 2018)

Spencer Friedman and Paul de Jong – Functions (EP, 2018)

It’s that opaque fickleness juiced by prowess on their instruments that makes Spencer Friedman and Paul de Jong’s ‘Functions’ both so different and yet so compelling.

Kira Kira [Satoko Fujii] – Bright Force (2018)

Kira Kira [Satoko Fujii] – Bright Force (2018)

Satoko Fujii is issuing an album in every month of 2018, and if there’s one musician with enough ensembles, projects and ideas to pull it off, it’s her.

Steve Winwood returned with great songs, and an old friend, on Nine Lives

Steve Winwood returned with great songs, and an old friend, on Nine Lives

It’s always refreshing to see a long-established rock star simply follow his muse. Ten years ago, Steve Winwood did just that with ‘Nine Lives.’

David Ake – Humanities (2018)

David Ake – Humanities (2018)

David Ake puts decades of experience behind ‘Humanities,’ creating what will certainly be one of the best mainstream jazz releases of the year.

Mudcrutch’s belated self-titled debut brought Tom Petty back to his roots

Mudcrutch’s belated self-titled debut brought Tom Petty back to his roots

Returning to Mudcrutch a decade ago, Tom Petty put his notorious studio perfectionism aside to recapture the feel of a hungry American rock band.

Jeff Cosgrove, Scott Robinson + Ken Filiano – Hunters & Scavengers (2018)

Jeff Cosgrove, Scott Robinson + Ken Filiano – Hunters & Scavengers (2018)

For ‘Hunters and Scavengers,’ Jeff Cosgrove, Scott Robinson and Ken Filiano arrive at their destination together, but the journey is where all that goodness is found.

Matthew Shipp – Symbol Systems (1996, 2018 reissue)

Matthew Shipp – Symbol Systems (1996, 2018 reissue)

‘Symbol Systems’ opened a new chapter into the bountiful art of Matthew Shipp, a chapter he has continuously amended to this day.

Kait Dunton, “Re-Entry” from trioKAIT 2 (2018): Something Else! Sneak Peek

Kait Dunton, “Re-Entry” from trioKAIT 2 (2018): Something Else! Sneak Peek

Here is the premiere of “Re-Entry,” the lead-off track from trioKAIT’s third album ‘trioKAIT 2.”

Anteloper [Jaimie Branch and Jason Nazary] – Kudu (2018)

Anteloper [Jaimie Branch and Jason Nazary] – Kudu (2018)

Anteloper’s ‘Kudu’ suggests that there is so much art waiting to be tapped with only a trumpet, drums and a little bit of circuitry.

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