Jazz

The Core Trio – The Core Trio with Matthew Shipp (2014)

The Core Trio – The Core Trio with Matthew Shipp (2014)

With or without the fourth player, the Core Trio exemplify what free jazz sounds like when the minds behind it are set free.

Something Else! exclusive stream: Michael Carvin Experience, “Night In Tunisia” from Flash Forward (2014)

Something Else! exclusive stream: Michael Carvin Experience, “Night In Tunisia” from Flash Forward (2014)

It’s clear from “Night In Tunisia” that Michael Carvin is the Bill Parcells of drums.

One Track Mind: Simon Phillips, “Moments of Fortune” from Protocol II (2014)

One Track Mind: Simon Phillips, “Moments of Fortune” from Protocol II (2014)

This says a lot about what the ex-Toto drummer hopes to accomplish on his own.

J.J. Wright – Inward Looking Outward (2014)

J.J. Wright – Inward Looking Outward (2014)

Uncommonly fresh and quietly inventive, Inward Looking Outward breathes new life into the venerable ol’ piano trio without having to step outside to achieve that. A rare achievement, to be sure.

One Track Mind: Nancy Wilson with DIVA, “All My Tomorrows” from A Swingin’ Life (2014)

One Track Mind: Nancy Wilson with DIVA, “All My Tomorrows” from A Swingin’ Life (2014)

She remains a wonder of range and sassy interpretation.

Something Else! sneak peek: Rotem Sivan Trio, “Sefi’s Blues” (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Rotem Sivan Trio, “Sefi’s Blues” (2014)

Played with grace, fire and the knowledge of how much of both to deliver.

Wil Blades – Field Notes (2014)

Wil Blades – Field Notes (2014)

Every song finds a different way to soothe, groove and satisfy the soul. Blades and his badassed organ trio never seem to run out of ideas.

Something Else! sneak peek: Colin Webster + Mark Holub – Viscera (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Colin Webster + Mark Holub – Viscera (2014)

This is what free playing is all about.

One Track Mind: Johnny Butler, “Macaroni Dip” (2014)

One Track Mind: Johnny Butler, “Macaroni Dip” (2014)

Earlier this year, outlier saxophonist Johnny Butler made an EP titled Raise It Up, pulling most everything from the pantry and throwing it into a logic board-laden blender.

Farmers By Nature – Love And Ghosts (2014)

Farmers By Nature – Love And Ghosts (2014)

This improvised music supergroup is truly a democratic musical commune.