Jazz

Richard Pinhas & Barry Cleveland (feat. Michael Manring & Celso Alberti) – Mu (2016)

Richard Pinhas & Barry Cleveland (feat. Michael Manring & Celso Alberti) – Mu (2016)

Lush, attenuated and unpredictable soundscapes by looping and effects guitar masters make ‘Mu’ a major entry in the celebrated catalogs of both Pinhas and Cleveland.

Alphonse Mouzon (1948-2016): Tribute to an Endlessly Versatile Fusion Legend

Alphonse Mouzon (1948-2016): Tribute to an Endlessly Versatile Fusion Legend

Alphonse Mouzon was a seminal force in the birth of fusion, and also had a notable impact on rock.

Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2016: Marquis Hill, Dave Stryker, Manu Katche + others

Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2016: Marquis Hill, Dave Stryker, Manu Katche + others

Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2016 list crosses a striking number of musical boundaries from straight-ahead jazz to vocalists to fusion.

Happy Place – Northfield (2016)

Happy Place – Northfield (2016)

The music from Happy Place’s ‘Northfield’ wouldn’t readily be described as cheerful, but it’s intended as a cathartic release, and that’s just what it achieves.

Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo and Frank Rosaly – Hearts and Minds (2016)

Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo and Frank Rosaly – Hearts and Minds (2016)

Not always tuneful but unfailingly engaging and playful, ‘Hearts and Minds’ exemplifies the best qualities of adventurous Chicago jazz.

Ivo Perelman, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver – The Art Of The Improv Trio, Volume 4 (2016)

Ivo Perelman, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver – The Art Of The Improv Trio, Volume 4 (2016)

Ivo Perelman liberally mixes and matches his improv trios for his ‘Art of the Improv Trio’ series and maintains his high standards for free jazz all the same.

Dave Stryker, “O Tannebaum” (2016): One Track Mind

Dave Stryker, “O Tannebaum” (2016): One Track Mind

Get a free download of Dave Stryker’s bonus track “O Tannabaum”, and put a little swing in your holidays.

Sound Etiquette – Sound Etiquette (2016)

Sound Etiquette – Sound Etiquette (2016)

‘Sound Etiquette’ revisits an old, forgotten virtue from the earliest days of electric jazz.

Preston Frazier’s Best Concerts of 2016: Stevie Nicks, Yes, Hiromi, Dolly Parton + others

Preston Frazier’s Best Concerts of 2016: Stevie Nicks, Yes, Hiromi, Dolly Parton + others

Preston Frazier lists his five Best Concerts of 2016, with two special honorable mentions.

Mike Casey, emerging jazz saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

Mike Casey, emerging jazz saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

Mike Casey is, not to put too fine a point on it, an extraordinary saxophone player.