Jazz

Whit Dickey, Mat Maneri, Matthew Shipp – Vessel In Orbit (2017)

Whit Dickey, Mat Maneri, Matthew Shipp – Vessel In Orbit (2017)

Conceived as it was played, ‘Vessel In Orbit’ is unpredictable, melodic and has form built around emotion not formal structures. When it’s done by such elastic artists like Dickey, Shipp and Maneri, it all comes together beautifully.

Adam Steffeck – Aviator (2017)

Adam Steffeck – Aviator (2017)

Chicago-based finger-style guitarist Adam Steffeck’s ‘Aviator’ is cinematic in scale, bold in concept and brilliant in execution.

Peter Erskine New Trio – In Praise Of Shadows (2017)

Peter Erskine New Trio – In Praise Of Shadows (2017)

If you want your jazz to sooth even when the tempos aren’t slow, Peter Erskine New Trio’s ‘In Praise Of Shadows’ will do the trick very well.

Eivind Opsvik – Overseas V (2017)

Eivind Opsvik – Overseas V (2017)

‘Overseas V’ is part of the wild, woolly world of Eivind Opsvik that fans of the unconventional will want to partake.

Terry Bozzio, David Gilmore, Jose James + others: Five for the Road

Terry Bozzio, David Gilmore, Jose James + others: Five for the Road

Five for the Road is a look at the compact discs and / or downloads that have been in my car recently – some new, some old.

Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr – Landed In Brooklyn (2017)

Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr – Landed In Brooklyn (2017)

German trumpet/piano brother act Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr rise to the high level of their much-ballyhooed supporting cast.

AMP Trio, “N.T. Bag” from Three (2017): Something Else! exclusive premiere

AMP Trio, “N.T. Bag” from Three (2017): Something Else! exclusive premiere

“N.T. Bag” isn’t played by a trio where one player dominates over the others. With the AMP Trio, everyone dominates.

Trouble Kaze – June (2017)

Trouble Kaze – June (2017)

The sextet Trouble Kaze and their debut album ‘June’ is an inspired way to extend and expand on the ideas first put forward by the Japanese/French quartet Kaze.

Rich Halley and Carson Halley – The Wild (2017)

Rich Halley and Carson Halley – The Wild (2017)

In understanding the vital, father-son sax-drums core of Rich Halley’s ensembles, ‘The Wild’ is revelatory.

Al Jarreau (1940-2017): Our Essential Playlist

Al Jarreau (1940-2017): Our Essential Playlist

Al Jarreau’s distinctive singing style crossed boundaries, encompassing jazz, pop, R&B, funk, gospel, and even world music.