Jazz

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2017  (Part 2 of 4, Modern and Mainstream Jazz): Chris Potter, Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2017 (Part 2 of 4, Modern and Mainstream Jazz): Chris Potter, Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh

It was easy to find jazz records that deserved a year-end salute; maybe ‘too’ easy. The heavy lifting came from figuring out which stood above the rest for this Best of 2017 list.

Gregory Lewis, with Marc Ribot – Organ Monk Blue (2018)

Gregory Lewis, with Marc Ribot – Organ Monk Blue (2018)

‘Organ Monk Blue’ sustains Gregory Lewis’ intriguing concept of a Thelonious Monk on the organ. It didn’t hurt that this time Lewis revitalizes the blues along the way, too.

Pearring Sound – True Story (2017)

Pearring Sound – True Story (2017)

As a protege of Connie Crothers, Jeff Pearring learned the importance of finding his own voice. ‘True Story’ is what happens when that inner voice comes pouring out.

Richard Lloyd Giddens Jr. – Mimosas (2017)

Richard Lloyd Giddens Jr. – Mimosas (2017)

Richard Lloyd Giddens Jr.’s ‘Mimosas’ brings in disparate colleagues and disparate composing pens, and molds them into a united musical statement that one can sense portrays the complexion of its singular leader.

Albert Ayler Quartet – Copenhagen Live 1964 (2017)

Albert Ayler Quartet – Copenhagen Live 1964 (2017)

Albert Ayler’s violent alchemy of Africa and Europe imbues ‘Copenhagen Live 1964’ with historical importance because more than fifty years hence, these ideas put into practice sound as radical today as they did back then.

Eric Revis – Sing Me Some Cry (2017)

Eric Revis – Sing Me Some Cry (2017)

Full of vigor and moxie from start to finish, ‘Sing Me Some Cry’ harnesses the savvy of its participants, but that vast potential is reached only because Eric Revis has the insight to get so much out of them, and they in turn get the most out of Revis’ compositions.

Mark Zaleski Band – Days, Months, Years (2017)

Mark Zaleski Band – Days, Months, Years (2017)

Varied, inviting, unpredictable but never jarring, the Mark Zaleski Band’s ‘Days, Months, Years’ is anything but boring.

Lara Bello, Nick Finzer, Chris Greene + Others: Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2017

Lara Bello, Nick Finzer, Chris Greene + Others: Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2017

Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2017 list touches on Lara Bello, Nick Finzer and Chris Greene, as well as other favorites from Joe Jackson sideman Vinnie Zummo and Lucas Pino.

Ron Miles – I Am A Man (2017)

Ron Miles – I Am A Man (2017)

Ron Miles deconstructs through his accomplished art the complex emotions of protracted strife both within society and within a person, and makes compelling music from it. The added sense of purpose propels ‘I Am A Man’ to the upper echelon of his discography.

Dialectical Imagination – The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Wrath (2017)

Dialectical Imagination – The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Wrath (2017)

Informed by facility and guided by emotion, Dialectical Imagination continues to do things their way with ‘The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Wrath.’

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