Jazz

Tom Tallitsch – Gratitude (2016)

Tom Tallitsch – Gratitude (2016)

With a classic tenor sax tone, top drawer backing band and great tunes and arrangements all present in ‘Gratitude’, it’s just hard to go wrong with this record.

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2016: Steve Porcaro, Ben Craven, Cyndi Lauper + others

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2016: Steve Porcaro, Ben Craven, Cyndi Lauper + others

As we reach the half-way mark, Preston Frazier offers an endlessly varied Mid-Year Best of 2016 list that spans genres and generations.

Rich Halley 5 – The Outlier (2016)

Rich Halley 5 – The Outlier (2016)

With a clear head and a strong sense of purpose — and the like-minded Vinny Golia on board — Rich Halley keeps on producing abundantly creative modern jazz firmly grounded in all the great traditions of the music form.

Brian Charette – Once & Future (2016)

Brian Charette – Once & Future (2016)

Brian Charette’s newest album ‘Once & Future’ the perfect record for aspiring (and accomplished) organ-jazz players…and listeners as well.

Kali Z. Fasteau, featuring Kidd Jordan – Intuit (2016)

Kali Z. Fasteau, featuring Kidd Jordan – Intuit (2016)

More haunting, impulsive and memorable music from the multi-instrumentalist Kali Z. Fasteau, who made the always surprising ‘Intuit’ with fellow improv veterans Kidd Jordan and L. Mixashawn Rozi.

Casey Golden Trio – Miniature (EP) (2016)

Casey Golden Trio – Miniature (EP) (2016)

The E.S.T. from Down Under? With the Casey Golden Trio’s new EP ‘Miniature’, it’s sounding more and more like they are.

Sebastian Noelle – Shelter (2016)

Sebastian Noelle – Shelter (2016)

Five years seems too long between releases for modern jazz guitarist and composer Sebastian Noelle when the a release like ‘Shelter’ sounds so sweet.

Denny Zeitlin – Early Wayne (2016)

Denny Zeitlin – Early Wayne (2016)

Leave it to another groundbreaking veteran like Denny Zeitlin to give Wayne Shorter’s songs tributes that are actually worthwhile hearing nearly as much as the originals.

Paul Jolly, free jazz musician, club owner and producer: Something Else! Interview

Paul Jolly, free jazz musician, club owner and producer: Something Else! Interview

Paul Jolly, a free jazz musician, producer and advocate, has made good on his own personal mantra: “Wake up every day, and do something positive and with love.”

In celebration of the Evan Parker’s complex, trippy The Moment’s Energy

In celebration of the Evan Parker’s complex, trippy The Moment’s Energy

Released in June 2009, the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble’s ‘The Moment’s Energy’ is made up of a continuum of evolving ideas, rather than actual songs.