Jazz

JÜ – JÜ Meets Møster (2014)

JÜ – JÜ Meets Møster (2014)

What happens when the Hungarian thrash-jazz trio JÜ meets the Norwegian sax firebrand Kjetil Møster? Fury, foreboding and fireworks.

Preston Frazier’s Best of 2014 (Jazz and Fusion Jazz): Simon Phillips, Oz Noy, Bobby Broom

Preston Frazier’s Best of 2014 (Jazz and Fusion Jazz): Simon Phillips, Oz Noy, Bobby Broom

Preston Frazier’s Best of 2014 in jazz and fusion, including the Breithaupt Brothers, Simon Phillips, Oz Noy, Bobby Broom and Miguel Zenon.

Mole – RGB (2014)

Mole – RGB (2014)

By fully accommodating Stomu Takeishi while remaining true to themselves, Mole is renewed and nowhere close to running out of steam.

Kendall Moore – Focus (2014)

Kendall Moore – Focus (2014)

This is how you do mainstream jazz, friends. ‘Focus’ is an album by jazz newcomer Kendall Moore, but this time, the rookie’s got it all together on the first try.

Marcus Roberts, “The Mystery of Romance” (2014): One Track Mind

Marcus Roberts, “The Mystery of Romance” (2014): One Track Mind

After a period of retrenchment that saw Marcus Roberts rejoining early mentor Wynton Marsalis, this shows he’s ready for a more adventurous path.

Why are we still confining musicians to genre boxes?

Why are we still confining musicians to genre boxes?

Nearly every musician gets slotted into a genre by writers, magazines, listeners and readers. Why must we do that?

Keith Jarrett + Charlie Haden and Paul Motian – Hamburg ’72 (2014)

Keith Jarrett + Charlie Haden and Paul Motian – Hamburg ’72 (2014)

Keith Jarrett’s ‘Hamburg ’72,’ with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian, bears witness to a talent in the process of exploding in many directions.

Novellino / Rosi / Mazurek / Barnes – Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear (2014)

Novellino / Rosi / Mazurek / Barnes – Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear (2014)

Electroacoustic musique concrète might not make for the most harmonious sound, but it can be so fascinating. Especially when Attilio Novellino, Saverio Rosi, Tim Barnes and Rob Mazurek pool their ideas together.

Andreas Varady, “Do It Again” from Andreas Varady (2014): One Track Mind

Andreas Varady, “Do It Again” from Andreas Varady (2014): One Track Mind

Andreas Varady’s Steely Dan remake begins with an approach out of the Wes Montgomery playbook. Then something interesting happens.

Evan Parker, John Edwards + others, November 20, 2014: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Evan Parker, John Edwards + others, November 20, 2014: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Evan Parker and John Edwards offered soul music for the spiritually minded during a very special performance at the Vortex.