Jazz

Caroline Davis – Heart Tonic (2018)

Caroline Davis – Heart Tonic (2018)

You won’t gain any academic knowledge about the human heart from listening to ‘Heart Tonic,’ but it’s clear Caroline Davis invested all of hers.

David Garfield – Jazz: Outside the Box (2018)

David Garfield – Jazz: Outside the Box (2018)

‘Jazz: Outside the Box’ is a fascinating and often exhilarating look at Los Angeles-based keyboardist David Garfield’s vision of straight-ahead jazz.

Leslie Johnson, “Walk It Off” from #3 (2018): Something Else! Sneak Peek

Leslie Johnson, “Walk It Off” from #3 (2018): Something Else! Sneak Peek

If “Walk It Off” is any indication, the forthcoming ‘#3’ will be another feather in the Guatemalan-born, Texas-based Leslie Johnson’s cap.

Avi Granite 6 – Orbit (2018)

Avi Granite 6 – Orbit (2018)

You know that great musicianship and creativity are always in store for Avi Granite 6’s strong return but little else can be anticipated, and that’s the main joy of ‘Orbit.’

Big Brooklyn – Purpose (2018)

Big Brooklyn – Purpose (2018)

A melding of klezmer, jazz and not a little bit of funk, Big Brooklyn’s ‘Purpose’ is a hugely engaging debut – and the first, hopefully, of many more to come.

Bill Frisell – Music IS (2018)

Bill Frisell – Music IS (2018)

Bill Frisell is never more Bill than when it’s only Bill, and no one else. ‘Music IS’ features only Frisell’s music, as his deftly looped samples become a second instrument.

Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp – Oneness (2018)

Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp – Oneness (2018)

‘Oneness’ means a singular mind driving two instruments into a spiritual musical communion.

Matthew Shipp Quartet – Sonic Fiction (2018)

Matthew Shipp Quartet – Sonic Fiction (2018)

With the singularly outsized saxophone and clarinet personality of Mat Walerian in the mix for ‘Sonic Fiction,’ Matthew Shipp has found a plenty good justification for going back to a quartet.

Matthew Shipp – Zero (2018)

Matthew Shipp – Zero (2018)

‘Zero’ is another one of those ‘pure’ Matthew Shipp solo piano records where there’s nothing in between the depths of his soul and your ears.

David Cain – Meditations (2018)

David Cain – Meditations (2018)

Even in this solo ‘piano’ setting, Cain finds ways to leverage technology: the quality organically-conceived music of Meditations was created with a little high-tech assistance.

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