Jazz

Donny McCaslin – Beyond Now (2016)

Donny McCaslin – Beyond Now (2016)

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.

Outset – Outset (2016)

Outset – Outset (2016)

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.

Fresh Cut Orchestra, “Gray, Freddie” (2016): Something Else! Video Premiere

Fresh Cut Orchestra, “Gray, Freddie” (2016): Something Else! Video Premiere

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.

Bill Evans – Time Remembered, The Life & Music of Bill Evans (2016, DVD)

Bill Evans – Time Remembered, The Life & Music of Bill Evans (2016, DVD)

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.

John Edwards, Evan Parker, John Russell + others – Making Rooms (2016)

John Edwards, Evan Parker, John Russell + others – Making Rooms (2016)

‘Making Rooms’ has a connection, not only between the musicians but with the listener. It is real, emotive and altogether beautiful.

Charlie Parker – Unheard Bird (2016)

Charlie Parker – Unheard Bird (2016)

Come on a journey with Charlie Parker. Hear the trials, the outtakes and the false starts of some of his most memorable tunes.

Mark Dresser, “TrumpinPutinStoopin” from Sedimental You (2016): Something Else! sneak peek

Mark Dresser, “TrumpinPutinStoopin” from Sedimental You (2016): Something Else! sneak peek

There couldn’t have been a timelier song title than this theatrically creative nugget from master bassist/composer Mark Dresser.

Steve Fidyk – Allied Forces (2016)

Steve Fidyk – Allied Forces (2016)

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.

Duane Eubanks + DE3 – Live At Maxwell’s (2016)

Duane Eubanks + DE3 – Live At Maxwell’s (2016)

‘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.

Marc Ribot + The Young Philadelphians – Live In Tokyo (2016)

Marc Ribot + The Young Philadelphians – Live In Tokyo (2016)

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.