Jazz

Dr. John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat: Spirit of Satch (2014)

Dr. John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat: Spirit of Satch (2014)

He never stops experimenting, never stops surprising, and never stops entertaining.

Kenny Lavender – Conscious Journey, Part 1 & 2 (2014)

Kenny Lavender – Conscious Journey, Part 1 & 2 (2014)

Daring but not self indulgent, this double album would be a risk in lesser hands.

Fire! Orchestra directed by Mats Gustafsson – Enter (2014)

Fire! Orchestra directed by Mats Gustafsson – Enter (2014)

A prog-leaning album that is noisy, experimental and brave.

Something Else! sneak peek: Wadada Leo Smith, “Lake Superior” from The Great Lakes Suites (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Wadada Leo Smith, “Lake Superior” from The Great Lakes Suites (2014)

Wadada Leo Smith and his band of free jazz icons show the young guys how it’s done.

Something Else! sneak peek: The Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, “Betamax” from Worker (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: The Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, “Betamax” from Worker (2014)

Reconciling the icy precision of electronic music with the immediacy of fusion.

The Core Trio – The Core Trio with Matthew Shipp (2014)

The Core Trio – The Core Trio with Matthew Shipp (2014)

With or without the fourth player, the Core Trio exemplify what free jazz sounds like when the minds behind it are set free.

Something Else! exclusive stream: Michael Carvin Experience, “Night In Tunisia” from Flash Forward (2014)

Something Else! exclusive stream: Michael Carvin Experience, “Night In Tunisia” from Flash Forward (2014)

It’s clear from “Night In Tunisia” that Michael Carvin is the Bill Parcells of drums.

One Track Mind: Simon Phillips, “Moments of Fortune” from Protocol II (2014)

One Track Mind: Simon Phillips, “Moments of Fortune” from Protocol II (2014)

This says a lot about what the ex-Toto drummer hopes to accomplish on his own.

J.J. Wright – Inward Looking Outward (2014)

J.J. Wright – Inward Looking Outward (2014)

Uncommonly fresh and quietly inventive, Inward Looking Outward breathes new life into the venerable ol’ piano trio without having to step outside to achieve that. A rare achievement, to be sure.

One Track Mind: Nancy Wilson with DIVA, “All My Tomorrows” from A Swingin’ Life (2014)

One Track Mind: Nancy Wilson with DIVA, “All My Tomorrows” from A Swingin’ Life (2014)

She remains a wonder of range and sassy interpretation.