Jazz

Björkenheim, Sopko, James, Laswell, Yamaki (Inaugural Sound Clash [for the 2 Americas]) – Against the Empire of Alternative Facts (2017)

Björkenheim, Sopko, James, Laswell, Yamaki (Inaugural Sound Clash [for the 2 Americas]) – Against the Empire of Alternative Facts (2017)

Bill Laswell and the cast of characters assembled for this 57-minute jam aren’t the ordinary type.

Matthew Shipp – Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zürich (2017)

Matthew Shipp – Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zürich (2017)

It becomes clear on solo live performances such as the one captured on ‘Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zürich’ that the more Matthew Shipp is exposed, the more fascinating is his music.

Kikanju Baku and James Fei – No One Teaches The Snake To Strike (2017)

Kikanju Baku and James Fei – No One Teaches The Snake To Strike (2017)

Baku and Fei’s ‘No One Teaches The Snake To Strike’ is extreme jazz improv, all tracks made up on the spot, no safety net, no overdubs, just a pure outpouring of drums/reeds co-combustion.

Colin Stetson – All This I Do For Glory (2017)

Colin Stetson – All This I Do For Glory (2017)

Colin Stetson’s ‘All This I Do For Glory’ is an album which, like all the good ones, gives more with each listen.

Wes Montgomery with the Wynton Kelly Trio – Smokin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966) (2017)

Wes Montgomery with the Wynton Kelly Trio – Smokin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966) (2017)

‘Smokin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966)’ will quench the thirst of anyone wanting more of Wes Montgomery with Wynton Kelly.

Rob Mazurek’s Black Cube Marriage – Astral Cube (2017)

Rob Mazurek’s Black Cube Marriage – Astral Cube (2017)

‘Astral Cube’ is the latest in a long line of Mazurek projects that demonstrates the leader’s great ability to bring divergent talent together for a chaotic yet cathartic sonic experience.

Jaimie Branch – Fly or Die (2017)

Jaimie Branch – Fly or Die (2017)

In thirty-five short minutes, Jamie Branch said a lot about what she’s offering to the realm of outward-bound jazz. If ‘Fly or Die’ is only her Chapter One, I can hardly wait to hear the rest of this book.

Torben Waldorff – Holiday On Fire (2017)

Torben Waldorff – Holiday On Fire (2017)

It might have taken a little longer this time, but with ‘Holiday On Fire,’ guitarist, composer and producer Torben Waldorff has done it again.

Nicole Mitchell – Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (2017)

Nicole Mitchell – Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (2017)

Nicole Mitchell follows in the hallowed footsteps of spiritual visionaries like Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders and the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

Avishai Cohen – Cross My Palm With Silver (2017)

Avishai Cohen – Cross My Palm With Silver (2017)

The delicacy and low-key passion of Avishai Cohen shows up through his trumpet, compositions and every member of his quartet.