Jazz

Wayne Krantz, “U Can’t Touch This” from Good Piranha, Bad Piranha (2014): One Track Mind

Wayne Krantz, “U Can’t Touch This” from Good Piranha, Bad Piranha (2014): One Track Mind

Here is a review of Wayne Krantz’s cool fusion jazz rendition of MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.”

Bryan Murray – Balto! (2014)

Bryan Murray – Balto! (2014)

Bryan Murray’s nutty but endearing hip hop/jazz hybrid ‘Balto!’ is a homegrown concoction worth checking out.

Ramsey Lewis, “Here Comes Santa Claus” (1961): One Track Mind

Ramsey Lewis, “Here Comes Santa Claus” (1961): One Track Mind

Ramsey Lewis, it seems, can make anything listenable, even transcendent.

Manu Katché,  “Pieces of Emotion” from Live In Concert (2015): One Track Mind

Manu Katché, “Pieces of Emotion” from Live In Concert (2015): One Track Mind

Studio or live, ECM or ACT record label, it’s that same, damned good Manu Katché music.

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 4 of 4, Fusion Jazz): Nels Cline Singers, Jaco Pastorius, Elizabeth Shepherd

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 4 of 4, Fusion Jazz): Nels Cline Singers, Jaco Pastorius, Elizabeth Shepherd

S. Victor Aaron picks the best of 2014’s fusion jazz, including Nels Cline Singers, Jaco Pastorius, Elizabeth Shepherd and others.

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde + Experimental Jazz): Jimmy Giuffre, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde + Experimental Jazz): Jimmy Giuffre, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith

S. Victor Aaron picks the best of 2014’s avant-garde and experimental jazz, including Roscoe Mitchell, Jimmy Giuffre, Wadada Leo Smith and others.

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014  (Part 2 of 4, Modern + Mainstream Jazz): Keith Jarrett, Brian Blade, Matthew Shipp

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 2 of 4, Modern + Mainstream Jazz): Keith Jarrett, Brian Blade, Matthew Shipp

S. Victor Aaron picks the best of 2014’s modern and mainstream jazz albums, including Keith Jarrett, Brian Blade, Fred Hersch and others.

Nick Hempton, “Montauk Mosey [Catch and Release #4]” (2014): One Track Mind

Nick Hempton, “Montauk Mosey [Catch and Release #4]” (2014): One Track Mind

Here is a review of Nick Hempton’s “Montauk Mosey,” a nightcap tune done up faithfully in the classic jazz style.

For Tony Levin, jazz-focused Levin Brothers presented ‘a fun challenge’

For Tony Levin, jazz-focused Levin Brothers presented ‘a fun challenge’

Tony Levin takes us to the genesis of this Scott Schorr co-produced effort, and talks about the possibility of future projects with Pete Levin.

JÜ – JÜ Meets Møster (2014)

JÜ – JÜ Meets Møster (2014)

What happens when the Hungarian thrash-jazz trio JÜ meets the Norwegian sax firebrand Kjetil Møster? Fury, foreboding and fireworks.