Jazz

Dave Douglas + Uri Caine – Present Joys (2014)

Dave Douglas + Uri Caine – Present Joys (2014)

A private, warmhearted meeting of minds – and we were allowed to listen in.

Kali Z. Fasteau – Piano Rapture (2014)

Kali Z. Fasteau – Piano Rapture (2014)

Kali Z. Fasteau’s spontaneous composition theory might be forty years old, but it’s quite alive and well in practice today, no matter what she choose to play in carrying it out. On piano, it’s a downright rapturous.

Charlie Haden (1937-2014): An Appreciation

Charlie Haden (1937-2014): An Appreciation

Much more than a jazz musician, Haden was a virtuoso of all American music.

Sophie Alour – Shaker (2014)

Sophie Alour – Shaker (2014)

France is a mighty good place to go exploring for hidden treasure jazz artists, and within the current scene, Sophie Alour with her ‘Shaker’ CD is as good a place to start as anyone.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Kitty La Roar and Nick Shankland, July 7, 2014

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Kitty La Roar and Nick Shankland, July 7, 2014

Playing regularly at Scarfe’s Bar in London, they take ownership of the music.

Something Else! Interview: Wilco guitarist Nels Cline on Scott Amendola’s Fade To Orange

Something Else! Interview: Wilco guitarist Nels Cline on Scott Amendola’s Fade To Orange

Cline recently took a break from his North American tour with Julian Lage to chat.

Exclusive stream: Elizabeth Shepherd, “What’s Happening” from Signal (2014)

Exclusive stream: Elizabeth Shepherd, “What’s Happening” from Signal (2014)

She will change your perceptions of what a “jazz vocalist” in this day and age means.

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (R&B, Jazz and Blues): Paul Rodgers, Rebirth, Walter Trout, Brad Mehldau, Wilko Johnson + Roger Daltrey

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (R&B, Jazz and Blues): Paul Rodgers, Rebirth, Walter Trout, Brad Mehldau, Wilko Johnson + Roger Daltrey

Little other than a sense of soul holds this list together. That’s more than enough.

Something Else! Interview: Jazz guitarist John Russell

Something Else! Interview: Jazz guitarist John Russell

“I’m not too much of a fan,” the free-form legend admits, “of the ‘jazz’ label.”

S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Fusion Jazz): Nels Cline Singers, Medeski Martin & Wood, Jaco Pastorius

S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Fusion Jazz): Nels Cline Singers, Medeski Martin & Wood, Jaco Pastorius

Everything from ambient post-rock to improvisational, to scattered rock-jazz.