Jazz

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.’

Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop – Rev (2017)

Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop – Rev (2017)

Myriad3 drummer Ernesto Cervini has been a force to be reckoned with on his own since his debut as a leader over a decade ago. He took

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York – Fukushima (2017)

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York – Fukushima (2017)

feature photo: Bryan Murray Now boasting a remarkable ten albums over twenty years, Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York today takes another step forward with Fukushima (Libra Records), the first new recordings from Satoko Fujii’s American large ensemble project since 2014’s Shiki. The best big band leaders know how to exploit a large ensemble akin to a single, giant instrument, withRead More

All That’s Jazz, by Sammy Stein (2017): Books

All That’s Jazz, by Sammy Stein (2017): Books

Having long offered informed jazz content for a variety of publications, including this one, a book on the subject seems all too logical for Sammy Stein.

Delfeayo Marsalis – Kalamazoo (2017)

Delfeayo Marsalis – Kalamazoo (2017)

Delfeayo Marsalis’s first-ever live album, ‘Kalamazoo,’ proves he’s both an alchemist and entertainer.

Cath Roberts and Favourite Animals – Favourite Animals (2017)

Cath Roberts and Favourite Animals – Favourite Animals (2017)

Initially, Cath Roberts only intended to expand Sloth Racket to 10 members for a jazz festival appearance, then Favourite Animals became a new band.

Wadada Leo Smith – Najwa (2017)

Wadada Leo Smith – Najwa (2017)

Teeming with guitars, Wadada Leo Smith’s ‘Najwa’ is one of those particularly bright moments in a catalog full of them.

Jerry Granelli, feat. Bill Frisell and Robben Ford – Dance Hall (2017)

Jerry Granelli, feat. Bill Frisell and Robben Ford – Dance Hall (2017)

At a young seventy-six years old, Jerry Granelli still pushes forward even when his muse beckons him back, as it does for the Bill Frisell/Robben Ford reunion ‘Dance Hall.’

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Fiona Ross – Black, White and a Little Bit of Grey (2017)

Fiona Ross’ new album builds on her previous material, while demonstrating the maturation of talent this musical hand grenade has let loose.

Rez Abbasi – Unfiltered Universe (2017)

Rez Abbasi – Unfiltered Universe (2017)

Rez Abbasi and his potent Invocation band have demonstrated with ‘Unfiltered Universe’ that creativity and originality is more than just ideas and knowledge, it’s about vision.

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