Jazz

Eliana Cuevas – Espejo (2014)

Eliana Cuevas – Espejo (2014)

Her range is inspiring, her tone is deep, her fire is irrefutable.

Ben Tyree – BT3: Burn It! LIVE (2014)

Ben Tyree – BT3: Burn It! LIVE (2014)

Live in front of an audience is how this music demands to be played, if the musicians are good enough. Ben Tyree and BT3 are way more than ‘good enough.’

Matthew Shipp – I’ve Been To Many Places (2014)

Matthew Shipp – I’ve Been To Many Places (2014)

Not content to draw inspiration only from his influences, Shipp finds the insight for his music from himself, an earlier version of himself as interpreted by today’s version.

Jim Hagen – Jim Hagen (2014)

Jim Hagen – Jim Hagen (2014)

Hagen constructs a gentle jazz funk, but it’s far from easy listening.

Myriad3 – The Where (2014)

Myriad3 – The Where (2014)

‘The Where’ is a solid step up from a level that was already high. No one should think jazz is stuck on neutral after listening to this trio, and one senses that they are just getting started.

Brian Groder Trio – Reflexology (2014)

Brian Groder Trio – Reflexology (2014)

‘Reflexology’ continues with Groder’s open-ended mastery, with a rhythm section that acts as a natural extension of its leader.

Kosi – Pictures of Us (2014)

This is an album of beauty – authentic, and from the heart.

One Track Mind: Henry Butler + Steven Bernstein, “Gimme a Pigfoot” from Viper’s Drag (2014)

One Track Mind: Henry Butler + Steven Bernstein, “Gimme a Pigfoot” from Viper’s Drag (2014)

This is music that builds on the past – rather than fetishizing it.

Novox – Over The Honeymoon (2014)

Novox – Over The Honeymoon (2014)

‘Over The Honeymoon’ glows as much as it grooves.

‘What I’m doing now is far better': Ginger Baker on Cream and his new band, Jazz Confusion

‘What I’m doing now is far better': Ginger Baker on Cream and his new band, Jazz Confusion

“Cream,” Baker says dismissively, “was nearly 50 years ago.”