Mike Casey is, not to put too fine a point on it, an extraordinary saxophone player.
Rob Reddy’s ‘Citizen Quintet’ imposes itself as more than just a collection of songs but as a creature: inhaling, exhaling, always moving in crooked paths while always finding its way home, displaying evolving emotion as it bursts with complexity.
Memory of Elements’ ‘Now Noise’ is an album with so much going on that you’ll need more than one listen to fully appreciate it.
Adam Schneit keeps the Neil Young-like melody of “A Clearer View” melody well within sight while retaining the immediacy of a good Young song without needing lyrics to get that across.
Guitarist Ryan Blotnick moves back to Maine and an album of eight, spacious Blotnick compositions gently swayed by African-derived rhythms happens.
“The Lady In My Life” is a tribute to the late Rod Temperton’s pop songcrafting genius and the flair Kait Dunton has for surprising, smart arrangements.
‘Concert of the Century: A Tribute to Charlie Parker’ crosses so many boundaries – not the least of which is time.
Inspired by Susan Alcorn’s pedal steel guitar, ‘Away With You’ keeps Mary Halvorson’s idiosyncratic ideas fresh and pushes forward her boundless conception of jazz on the frontier.
‘Live In Sant’Anna Arresi, 2004’ builds on David S. Ware’s posthumous legacy while furthering the living legacy of Matthew Shipp.
Freakishly funky and soul satisfying, this dynamic duo push the limits on their ‘Greatest Hits,’ while having too much fun doing it.