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One Track Mind: David’s Angels, “Rid Of You,” from What It Seems (2013)

The allure of Danish-Swedish quartet David’s Angels comes from their uneasy truce among chanteuse jazz, avant-Prog and indie rock, and the tension that creates

Berserk! – Berserk! (2013)

Lorenzo Feliciati more often than not finds himself making collaborative kind of music instead of solo projects. A virtuoso at both electric and acoustic bass, Feliciati needs no help, but recognizes that sometimes, getting together with other creative musicians results in an especially creative outcome.

Something Else! sneak peek: Marc Ribot and Ceramic Dog, “Masters Of The Internet” from Your Turn (2013)

An assemblage of musicians the caliber of Marc Ribot, Ches Smith and Shahzad Ismaily usually signals that this is going to be seriously nerdy jazz, but Ceramic Dog is, in many ways, the exact opposite.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Otomo Yoshihide, “Turntable Feedback 1″ (2007)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Otomo Yoshihide, “Turntable Feedback 1″ (2007)

“I love feedback very much.” When you hear the noise art of Otomo Yoshihide, you understand what an understatement that is, coming from him.

Andrea Centazzo, with Akira Sakata and Kiyoto Fujiwara – Bridges (2012; 2013 reissue)

In a happy accident last May — the result of a last minute cancellation — Italian percussion legend Andrea Centazzo suddenly found himself on stage with two of Japan’s premier improvisers

Pat Metheny Group – We Live Here: Live in Japan (2013)

Pat Metheny is such an accomplished figure that it’s easy to overlook his cohorts in the Metheny Group — making this new live document an endlessly instructive journey.

One Track Mind: Anthony Branker and Word Play, “Let’s Conversate!” from Uppity (2013)

One Track Mind: Anthony Branker and Word Play, “Let’s Conversate!” from Uppity (2013)

Anthony Branker plays no instruments on his latest record Uppity. Actually, he’s never performed on any of his six releases, so I can’t discuss what a great instrumentalist or vocalist he is.

Jeff Berlin – Low Standards (2013)

Following 2010’s High Standards, Jeff Berlin assembles a sizzling trio — his electric bass sounding like anything but an instrument of support — for a cheekily named return engagement with some classics.

Something Else! sneak peek: Brand New Heavies, “Sunlight” feat. N’Dea Davenport (2013)

Seven years after their last release, acid-jazz pioneers The Brand New Heavies signal a return to original form with “Sunlight.”

Rich Halley 4 – Crossing The Passes (2013)

Rich Halley is a DIY guy in the jazz world, just as he’s a free spirit in his personal life. Last summer, he took his son Carson and a nephew out hiking the entire range of the Wallowa Mountains in eastern Oregon.