The Daniel Blacksberg Trio takes a conventional format and creates something refreshingly unconventional from it.
‘Magic’ finds Sergio Mendes crossing boundaries once again with an album that will appeal to multiple generations.
‘Mandy’s Secret’ is a fine entry point into this fundamentally solid, funky jazz ensemble from Sweden, Beat Funktion.
Form And Mess thrives on the extreme limits of rock and jazz.
Though Dylan Ryan Sand is a small band, they create a big sound; though the songs are short, they’re complete musical statements. ‘Circa’ makes a lot out of a little.
This goes much farther out than the celebrated rock music of its time.
‘The Signal’ is bold, personal and completely lucid audio art from Elizabeth Shepherd. It wouldn’t be overstating it at all to assert that this is the most important vocal jazz record of 2014.
Leading by example, Wadada Leo Smith inspired Saft, Morris and Pandi to reach even deeper into themselves as well. Group improv like you’ve never heard it before.
A canny amplification of Barrett’s muse, beyond the hippie-fied stuff.
Unfailingly fresh, incalculable and rewarding, Peripheral Vision is giving jazz the swift kick in the pants that it needs. ‘Sheer Tyranny Of Will’ is sheer inventive talent on display.