Articles by: S. Victor Aaron

Ryan Blotnick – Kush (2016)

Ryan Blotnick – Kush (2016)

Guitarist Ryan Blotnick moves back to Maine and an album of eight, spacious Blotnick compositions gently swayed by African-derived rhythms happens.

Kait Dunton and trioKAIT, “The Lady In My Life” from Casual (2016): One Track Mind

Kait Dunton and trioKAIT, “The Lady In My Life” from Casual (2016): One Track Mind

“The Lady In My Life” is a tribute to the late Rod Temperton’s pop songcrafting genius and the flair Kait Dunton has for surprising, smart arrangements.

Murali Coryell – Mr. Senator (2016)

Murali Coryell – Mr. Senator (2016)

With his eighth release ‘Mr. Senator,’ Murali Coryell continues to forge his own path as a soulful blues-rock singer, songwriter and — as you’d expect from a Coryell — mighty fine guitar player.

Mary Halvorson Octet – Away With You (2016)

Mary Halvorson Octet – Away With You (2016)

Inspired by Susan Alcorn’s pedal steel guitar, ‘Away With You’ keeps Mary Halvorson’s idiosyncratic ideas fresh and pushes forward her boundless conception of jazz on the frontier.

David S. Ware & Matthew Shipp Duo – Live In Sant’Anna Arresi, 2004 (2016)

David S. Ware & Matthew Shipp Duo – Live In Sant’Anna Arresi, 2004 (2016)

‘Live In Sant’Anna Arresi, 2004’ builds on David S. Ware’s posthumous legacy while furthering the living legacy of Matthew Shipp.

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Aram Bajakian – Dolphy Formations (2016)

Dolphy Formations is another stop on Aram Bajakian’s fascinating musical odyssey, and who knows where it will take him next.

Amendola vs. Blades – Greatest Hits (2016)

Amendola vs. Blades – Greatest Hits (2016)

Freakishly funky and soul satisfying, this dynamic duo push the limits on their ‘Greatest Hits,’ while having too much fun doing it.

James Brandon Lewis Trio – No Filter (2016)

James Brandon Lewis Trio – No Filter (2016)

True to its name, James Brandon Lewis’ classic hip hop/jazz hybrid ‘No Filter’ puts seemingly nothing between what he hears in his head and what you hear on this record.

Alex LoRe Quartet – More Figs And Blue Things (2016)

Alex LoRe Quartet – More Figs And Blue Things (2016)

‘More Figs And Blue Things’ is the engaging second chapter from the story of the young gifted alto saxophonist Alex LoRe.

Burnt Belief, “Ghosts Aquatic” from Emergent (2016): Something Else! video premiere

Burnt Belief, “Ghosts Aquatic” from Emergent (2016): Something Else! video premiere

There is a display of chops going on with Burnt Belief’s “Ghosts Aquatic.” It’s all there in the guise of subtle sublimity.