Jazz

The People Band – Live at Cafe Oto (2016)

The People Band – Live at Cafe Oto (2016)

Audiences have finally caught up with the People Band, and ‘Live at Cafe Oto’ is the perfect road map to guide them forward.

Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith – a cosmic rhythm with each stroke (2016)

Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith – a cosmic rhythm with each stroke (2016)

Iyer and Smith’s ‘a cosmic rhythm with each stroke’ is an encounter of two distinct voices from two distinct generations but of a single, spiritual mind.

Alfredo Rodriguez Trio, “Chan Chan” from Tocororo: Something Else! Exclusive Stream

Alfredo Rodriguez Trio, “Chan Chan” from Tocororo: Something Else! Exclusive Stream

Rodriguez wrings a compelling, simple charm from a broken down piano that’s as undeniable as the weathered ’55 Bel Airs lumbering around downtown Havana.

Makaya McCraven – In The Moment (2016, Deluxe Edition)

Makaya McCraven – In The Moment (2016, Deluxe Edition)

The jazz/hip-hop hybrid ‘In The Moment’ from drummer Makaya McCraven retains the energy and impulsiveness of the live performances within hypnotic looped and sampled grooves.

M.A. Bakker – Rejected Scripts (2016)

M.A. Bakker – Rejected Scripts (2016)

M.A. Bakker’s jazz-rock debut boasts the expert musicianship of a by-gone era, and a vivid lyrical imagery that gives it a fiction novel feel.

Steve Kuhn Trio, “My Shining Hour,” from At This Time (2016): One Track Mind

Steve Kuhn Trio, “My Shining Hour,” from At This Time (2016): One Track Mind

Steve Kuhn has been an original and dynamic pianist for over five decades, and that young spirit is very much present today on “My Shining Hour” and the rest of ‘At This Time.’

Daniel Rosenboom – Book Of Storms (2016)

Daniel Rosenboom – Book Of Storms (2016)

‘Book Of Storms’ does nothing but strengthen Daniel Rosenboom’s reputation as a conceptual improviser of the highest order.

Will Bernard – Out & About (2016)

Will Bernard – Out & About (2016)

With eleven sturdy originals and an all-star band in tow, there’s no way jazz guitar whiz Will Bernard’s ‘Out & About’ was going to disappoint.

Julian Lage – Arclight (2016)

Julian Lage – Arclight (2016)

Julian Lage’s ‘Arclight’ is Lage’s first serious foray into the electric guitar on a record, with a seriously powerful trio and delving further into modern jazz and other forms.

Nick Finzer, jazz trombonist: Something Else! Interview

Nick Finzer, jazz trombonist: Something Else! Interview

Nick Finzer joins Preston Frazier to discuss highlights from his musical journey, the sweeping influence of Duke Ellington, and what’s next.