Jazz

Billy Childs – Map to the Treasure: Reimaging Laura Nyro (2014)

Billy Childs – Map to the Treasure: Reimaging Laura Nyro (2014)

With Billy Childs’ ‘Map to the Treasure: Reimaging Laura Nyro,’ it looks like my best albums of 2014 list just got longer.

Rudresh Mahanthappa, “Chillin’,” from Bird Calls (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Rudresh Mahanthappa, “Chillin’,” from Bird Calls (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Here is a sneak peek of Rudresh Mahanthappa’s “Chillin’,” from his upcoming February 2015 release ‘Bird Calls.’

Huntertones, “Theme from Jurassic Park” (2014): One Track Mind

Huntertones, “Theme from Jurassic Park” (2014): One Track Mind

The Huntertones, née The Dan White Sextet, lean on trombonist Chris Ott’s arranging magic to give another cinematic song a swift, hard-bop kick in the pants.

Bud Powell – Live At The Blue Note Café, Paris 1961 (2014 reissue)

Bud Powell – Live At The Blue Note Café, Paris 1961 (2014 reissue)

Perhaps not quite as amazing as his fabled sides for Blue Note Records, but Bud Powell’s ‘Live At The Blue Note Café, Paris 1961′ is plenty good enough to make any jazzbo wish they’d have been there.

Ferenc Nemeth and Attila Laszlo [featuring the Yellowjackets’ Jimmy Haslip + Russell Ferrante] – Bridges of Souls (2014)

Ferenc Nemeth and Attila Laszlo [featuring the Yellowjackets’ Jimmy Haslip + Russell Ferrante] – Bridges of Souls (2014)

Here’s a review of ‘Bridges of Souls,’ a tasteful fusion excursion from Hungarian drum ace Ferenc Nemeth and Hugarian guitar ace Attila Laszlo.

Throttle Elevator Music – Area J (2014)

Throttle Elevator Music – Area J (2014)

Powered by the garage jazz-rock songs of Gregory Howe and Matt Montgomery with the brash saxophone stylings of Kamasi Washington, Throttle Elevator Music is back with a second helping.

Arun Ramamurthy Trio – Jazz Carnatica (2014)

Arun Ramamurthy Trio – Jazz Carnatica (2014)

South Indian jazz is practically Arun Ramamurthy’s life’s calling and he answers that call to virtual perfection with ‘Jazz Carnatica.’

Manhattan Transfer, 1980: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Manhattan Transfer, 1980: Shows I’ll Never Forget

I arrived at the Minnesota State Fair completely unaware of who was playing that night. I left a life-long fan of Manhattan Transfer.

Ross Hammond + Grant Calvin Weston – Blues and Daily News (2014)

Ross Hammond + Grant Calvin Weston – Blues and Daily News (2014)

We review ‘Blues and Daily News’ by Ross Hammond and Grant Calvin Weston, a creative guitar/drums improv record.

Avishai Cohen’s Triveni – Dark Nights (2014)

Avishai Cohen’s Triveni – Dark Nights (2014)

Far from losing its freshness, this power jazz trio led by its virtuosic trumpet player Avishai Cohen has delivered its best set of recordings yet.