Jazz

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin – Ninety-Nine Years (2018)

The Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin really comes onto its own with ‘Ninety-Nine Years.’

Tom Tallitsch – Wheelhouse (2018)

Tom Tallitsch – Wheelhouse (2018)

Tom Tallitsch’s ‘Wheelhouse’ is all in a day’s work for this underappreciated tenor saxman, who once again demonstrates the continued vitality of the hard bop form. If that kind of jazz is in your wheelhouse, then this album is sure to be as well.

Rod Harris Jr., jazz guitarist: Something Else! Interview

Rod Harris Jr., jazz guitarist: Something Else! Interview

Rod Harris Jr. joins Preston Frazier to discuss his new EP, working with Musiq Souldchild and Jagged Edge, and his plans for the future.

Bobby Previte – Rhapsody (2018)

Bobby Previte – Rhapsody (2018)

Whether it’s individual heroics or wonderful ensemble symmetry, ‘Rhapsody’ begins with the mind of Bobby Previte. He not only had a concept but saw it to a fully developed work that stays true to its mission and articulated it well.

Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore – After Caroline (2018)

Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore – After Caroline (2018)

The return of Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore with ‘After Caroline’ is a welcome one because these guys don’t slouch for a second in taking on Stein’s challenging material.

Thelonious Monk – Mønk (2018)

Thelonious Monk – Mønk (2018)

The thought that this Thelonious Monk recording could have been lost is too much. ‘Mønk’ is amazing.

Big Heart Machine, “Dipsea Steps” from Big Heart Machine (2018): Something Else! premiere

Big Heart Machine, “Dipsea Steps” from Big Heart Machine (2018): Something Else! premiere

Here is the streaming premiere of “Dipsea Steps” from Brian Krock’s exciting new big band, Big Heart Machine.

Jimmie Smith – Live in Music City: Jimmie Smith Plays Jimmy Smith (2018)

Jimmie Smith – Live in Music City: Jimmie Smith Plays Jimmy Smith (2018)

Created as a tribute to one of jazz’s organ masters, ‘Live in Music City’ instead ends up showcasing the promise and potential of Jimmie Smith.

Connie Han, “Crime Zone” from Crime Zone (2018): Something Else! premiere

Connie Han, “Crime Zone” from Crime Zone (2018): Something Else! premiere

Here is the premiere of “Crime Zone,” the title song from pianist and composer Connie Han’s Mack Avenue Records debut album.

Rich Halley 3 – The Literature (2018)

Rich Halley 3 – The Literature (2018)

You may not necessarily learn a whole lot more about the originators for the songs featured in ‘The Literature,’ but you’re bound to understand Rich Halley a little better. His sweet and spicy artistry uses a lot of quality ingredients.

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