Jazz

Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble – Not Dark Yet (2014)

Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble – Not Dark Yet (2014)

You got to come on, man, and take a piece of Mr. Nathan Parker Smith’s band.

John Butcher, saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

John Butcher, saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

John Butcher in remarkable in that he plays differently in different places, constantly trying different sounds and new ideas.

Rob Mazurek + Black Cube SP – Return The Tides: Ascension Suite And Holy Ghost (2014)

Rob Mazurek + Black Cube SP – Return The Tides: Ascension Suite And Holy Ghost (2014)

Rob Mazurek pours his heart out with a very sympathetic squad from Brazil for this paean to his mother.

David Bowie, “Sue [Or In a Season of Crime]” (2014): One Track Mind

David Bowie, “Sue [Or In a Season of Crime]” (2014): One Track Mind

We review David Bowie’s newly released single “Sue,” which finds him once again leaving all possible labels and discriptions behind.

Houston Person, “The Song Is Ended” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

Houston Person, “The Song Is Ended” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

Houston Person has returned essentially unchanged on “The Song Is Ended,” if a little less prone to gail-force playing.

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Worker (2014)

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Worker (2014)

A thinking man’s garage band, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey unveils ‘Worker,’ suggesting that at twenty years old, this endeavor is nowhere near the end.

Irvin Mayfield, “O Tannenbaum / O Christmas Tree,” (2014): One Track Mind

Irvin Mayfield, “O Tannenbaum / O Christmas Tree,” (2014): One Track Mind

Irvin Mayfield’s effervescent Christmas redo will shake your stockings off the mantel.

Jazz at the Movies, Ipswich Music Festival (2014): Shows I’ll Never Forget

Jazz at the Movies, Ipswich Music Festival (2014): Shows I’ll Never Forget

The Ipswich Music Festival presentation of Jazz at the Movies gave us more than we bargained for.

Ron Miles + Bill Frisell and Brian Blade – Circuit Rider (2014)

Ron Miles + Bill Frisell and Brian Blade – Circuit Rider (2014)

Ron Miles and Company once again make music ideal for those who savor it with angularity and superb group dynamics.

Branford Marsalis – In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral (2014)

Branford Marsalis – In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral (2014)

Playing in one of this music’s holy places, Branford Marsalis gives himself, utterly, to the moment.