That Kevin Eubanks and Stanley Jordan offer fine takes on jazz staples here comes as little surprise. But Ellie Goulding’s “Lights”
With ‘Two City Blues 2,’ Peter Brotzmann and friends prove that there is room for all kinds of music in this world.
The smokin’ “Hazard Profile” will be included on a previously unreleased 1974 Montreux performance by Soft Machine with Allan Holdsworth.
Chris Potter’s string quartet-supplemented ‘Imaginary Cities’ is ambitious, maybe the high-water mark of ambition so far in Potter’s career.
Here’s a stream of Matthew Yeakley’s polished funk-jazz number “Happy F*ckin’ New Year.”
Focusing on the instrumental elements of David Bowie’s Berlin era allows Dylan Howe to brilliantly elaborate on those familiar themes.
Markus James, Deerhoof, Dave Liebman, Don Pullen and Arild Anderson are included in S. Victor Aaron’s Top Unreviewed Records of 2014.
Gov’t Mule enlists John Scofield to help put together a convincing rendition of Wayne Shorter’s soul-jazz number “Tom Thumb.”
D’Angelo, Paul Rodgers, Roger Daltrey and Branford Marsalis are included on Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2014 list for blues, R&B and jazz records.
If Butcher Brown can make “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” so delectably fonky, they can groove up just about any old tune.