Jazz

Charlie Haden and Jim Hall – Charlie Haden-Jim Hall (2014)

Charlie Haden and Jim Hall – Charlie Haden-Jim Hall (2014)

An unheard archival recording from Charlie Haden and Jim Hall is even better than expected – and that’s saying a whole lot.

Sergio Mendes – Magic (2014)

Sergio Mendes – Magic (2014)

‘Magic’ finds Sergio Mendes crossing boundaries once again with an album that will appeal to multiple generations.

Marty Walsh – The Total Plan (2014)

Marty Walsh – The Total Plan (2014)

Guitarist Marty Walsh shows he has the total package on a new album called ‘The Total Plan.’

Form and Mess – Form and Mess (2014)

Form and Mess – Form and Mess (2014)

Form And Mess thrives on the extreme limits of rock and jazz.

John Coltrane – Offering: Live at Temple University (2014)

John Coltrane – Offering: Live at Temple University (2014)

This goes much farther out than the celebrated rock music of its time.

Elizabeth Shepherd – The Signal (2014)

Elizabeth Shepherd – The Signal (2014)

‘The Signal’ is bold, personal and completely lucid audio art from Elizabeth Shepherd. It wouldn’t be overstating it at all to assert that this is the most important vocal jazz record of 2014.

Something Else! sneak peek: Carmen Lundy, “Grace” from Soul to Soul (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Carmen Lundy, “Grace” from Soul to Soul (2014)

She explores this turbulently resonant tale with a South African guest vocalist.

Wadada Leo Smith, with Jamie Saft, Joe Morris, Balazs Pandi – Red Hill (2014)

Wadada Leo Smith, with Jamie Saft, Joe Morris, Balazs Pandi – Red Hill (2014)

Leading by example, Wadada Leo Smith inspired Saft, Morris and Pandi to reach even deeper into themselves as well. Group improv like you’ve never heard it before.

One Track Mind: Nino Bisignano and the Initiative, “Anymore” (2014)

One Track Mind: Nino Bisignano and the Initiative, “Anymore” (2014)

Anchored by a cool-cat groove, this ropes together swing, jazz, and pop.

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble – Sketches of Spain Revisited (2014)

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble – Sketches of Spain Revisited (2014)

There is no small amount of blasphemy going on here.