Jazz

Ivo Perelman + Karl Berger – Reverie (2014)

Ivo Perelman + Karl Berger – Reverie (2014)

25 years in, Perelman shows no sign of slowing down or running out of ideas.

John Dieterich, Ben Goldberg, Scott Amendola – Short-Sighted Dream Colossus (2014)

John Dieterich, Ben Goldberg, Scott Amendola – Short-Sighted Dream Colossus (2014)

They find plenty of common ground in this improvisational, experimental space.

An Appreciation: Joe Sample and the Crusaders, “It Happens Everyday” (1977)

An Appreciation: Joe Sample and the Crusaders, “It Happens Everyday” (1977)

Remembering a drop-dead gorgeous tone poem that was so emblematic.

Anna Webber, with John Hollenbeck and Matt Mitchell – Simple (2014)

Anna Webber, with John Hollenbeck and Matt Mitchell – Simple (2014)

Webber laid bare her compositions, leaving it in a few, capable hands and in doing so, made them flourish.

Wadada Leo Smith – The Great Lakes Suite (2014)

Wadada Leo Smith – The Great Lakes Suite (2014)

A summit meeting of progressive jazz titans, themed around the Great Lakes.

Something Else! sneak peek: Freddy Cole, “My Mother Told Me” from Singing the Blues (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Freddy Cole, “My Mother Told Me” from Singing the Blues (2014)

He’s adding intriguing new layers to the age-old idea of blues singing.

One Track Mind: Andy Bey, “Lover Come Back to Me” (2014)

One Track Mind: Andy Bey, “Lover Come Back to Me” (2014)

Take everything else away, and Andy Bey’s vocal gift is revealed anew.

Something Else! sneak peek: Mark Elf, “A Little Diddy” from Returns 2014 (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Mark Elf, “A Little Diddy” from Returns 2014 (2014)

After eight long years away, Mark Elf isn’t creeping back into things.

Tony and Pete Levin – Levin Brothers (2014)

Tony and Pete Levin – Levin Brothers (2014)

The Levins offer a jazz album of warm intimacy, and no small connective power.

Something Else! sneak peek: Aram Bajakian + Julia Úlehla, “Ej, lásko, lásko” (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Aram Bajakian + Julia Úlehla, “Ej, lásko, lásko” (2014)

Bajakian and Úlehla make “Ej, lásko, lásko” fresh and edgy, despite it’s long-ago, faraway origins.