Donny McCaslin’s ‘Beyond Now’ is an astonishing show of talent and indefinable music which crosses boundaries and merges them – yet retains his jazz influences.
Chicago’s chordless quartet’s self-titled album ‘Outset’ is a laudable debut not of what is possible down the road but what is achieved right out of the gate.
A no-nonsense, unvarnished approach to the music accompanies the message rendered by the core, acoustic FCO for this one-off tune calling attention to police brutality.
The truth and beauty in Evans’ music is impossible to forget. Bruce Spiegel’s well done documentary ‘Time Remembered, The Life & Music of Bill Evans’ makes sure that we don’t.
‘Making Rooms’ has a connection, not only between the musicians but with the listener. It is real, emotive and altogether beautiful.
Come on a journey with Charlie Parker. Hear the trials, the outtakes and the false starts of some of his most memorable tunes.
There couldn’t have been a timelier song title than this theatrically creative nugget from master bassist/composer Mark Dresser.
For the post-bop delight ‘Allied Forces’ Steve Fidyk may be leading a small combo, but he always drums big and his bandmates think the same way.
‘Live At Maxwell’s’ is the first album to give those of us who hadn’t been able to see Duane Eubanks lead on the bandstand a taste of what he’s capable of in such a setting. We could use many more tastes like this.
People seeking adventurous music should seek out Marc Ribot adventures like ‘Live In Tokyo’ because he does it with such attitude, resourcefulness and — dare I say — fun.