Lush, attenuated and unpredictable soundscapes by looping and effects guitar masters make ‘Mu’ a major entry in the celebrated catalogs of both Pinhas and Cleveland.
Alphonse Mouzon was a seminal force in the birth of fusion, and also had a notable impact on rock.
Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2016 list crosses a striking number of musical boundaries from straight-ahead jazz to vocalists to fusion.
The music from Happy Place’s ‘Northfield’ wouldn’t readily be described as cheerful, but it’s intended as a cathartic release, and that’s just what it achieves.
Not always tuneful but unfailingly engaging and playful, ‘Hearts and Minds’ exemplifies the best qualities of adventurous Chicago jazz.
Ivo Perelman liberally mixes and matches his improv trios for his ‘Art of the Improv Trio’ series and maintains his high standards for free jazz all the same.
Get a free download of Dave Stryker’s bonus track “O Tannabaum”, and put a little swing in your holidays.
‘Sound Etiquette’ revisits an old, forgotten virtue from the earliest days of electric jazz.
Preston Frazier lists his five Best Concerts of 2016, with two special honorable mentions.
Mike Casey is, not to put too fine a point on it, an extraordinary saxophone player.