Articles by: S. Victor Aaron

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.

Nate Lepine, “Hennies” from Quartet: Vortices (2016): Something Else! exclusive stream

Nate Lepine, “Hennies” from Quartet: Vortices (2016): Something Else! exclusive stream

Another exclusive stream from Chicago-based tenor sax master Nate Lepine’s debut album.

Led Bib – Umbrella Weather (2017)

Led Bib – Umbrella Weather (2017)

Led Bib is once again making their own statement about how to mash together jazz with rock with ‘Umbrella Weather.’ And as loose and randy as the music may be, it never loses its soul.

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Toyko – Peace (2017)

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Toyko – Peace (2017)

As a celebration of the Satoko Fujii Orchestra Toyko’s fallen guitarist Kelly Churko, ‘Peace’ couldn’t be any more true to his memory and the fearlessness he brought to this band.

Matthew Shipp Trio – Piano Song (2017)

Matthew Shipp Trio – Piano Song (2017)

‘Piano Song’ leaves one last example on Thirsty Ear Records of the high standard set by its A&R guy Matthew Shipp for other artists to strive toward.

Michael Dease – All These Hands (2017)

Michael Dease – All These Hands (2017)

Through 12new compositions Michael Dease convincingly conveys the history in the context of social upheaval and displacement with ‘All These Hands’.

Noah Haidu, “They Who??” from Infinite Distances (2017): Something Else! exclusive stream

Noah Haidu, “They Who??” from Infinite Distances (2017): Something Else! exclusive stream

The graceful finesse that Haidu has mastered from countless gigs and mentoring from the likes of Kenny Barron and David Hazeltine bear sweet fruit on his composition “They Who??”.