Jazz

Jason Stein Quartet – Lucille! (2017)

Jason Stein Quartet – Lucille! (2017)

Jason Stein’s ‘Lucille!’ is another fun-filled jazz history lesson on the connection between Charlie Parker and Ornette Coleman.

Ivo Perelman, Matthew Shipp, Jeff Cosgrove – Live In Baltimore (2017)

Ivo Perelman, Matthew Shipp, Jeff Cosgrove – Live In Baltimore (2017)

On ‘Live In Baltimore,’ drummer Jeff Cosgrove doesn’t disrupt Ivo Perelman’s and Matthew Shipp’s simpatico; he enhances it.

Scott DuBois – Autumn Wind (2017)

Scott DuBois – Autumn Wind (2017)

DuBois’s desire to blur the lines between creative jazz, chamber music and folk forms is a quest others before him have taken on, but the challenge of putting it all together both coherently and provocatively is where many have fallen short. Not so with ‘Autumn Wind,’ it excels at that.

Lee Morgan – I Called Him Morgan (2017, DVD)

Lee Morgan – I Called Him Morgan (2017, DVD)

‘I Called Him Morgan’ is a compelling, up-close documentary chronicling of the self-destructive lifestyle of jazz prodigy Lee Morgan.

Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Paint (2017)

Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Paint (2017)

After the septet outing ‘Loafer’s Hollow’, Moppa Elliot makes “less is more” the mantra for the trio feature ‘Paint’. Which only goes to show that size really doesn’t matter with Mostly Other People Do The Killing; only gumption does.

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition – Agrima (2017)

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition – Agrima (2017)

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition’s the original mission of melding modern group-level stream-of-consciousness with contemporary raga remains intact, ‘Agrima’ builds on those original ideas, too.

Hiromi and Edmar Castaneda – Live in Montreal (2017)

Hiromi and Edmar Castaneda – Live in Montreal (2017)

Hiromi and Edmar Castaneda’s ‘Live in Montreal’ is a revelation about the enchantment that can come from combining world-class piano with an unconventionally inventive harp.

Philipp Gerschlauer and David Fiuczynski – Mikrojazz: Neue Expressionistische Musik (2017)

Philipp Gerschlauer and David Fiuczynski – Mikrojazz: Neue Expressionistische Musik (2017)

Philipp Gerschlauer and David Fiuczynski getting together for ‘Mikrojazz: Neue Expressionistische Musik’ took microtonal music to new places, and there’s never a dull moment.

Barry Altschul & The 3Dom Factor – Live In Kraków (2015)

Barry Altschul & The 3Dom Factor – Live In Kraków (2015)

A galvanizing performance on stage makes it three for three for Barry Altschul and his 3Dom Factor. We could stand for another one after ‘Live In Kraków,’ however.

On Jazz: Long Live Live Music

On Jazz: Long Live Live Music

Recorded jazz music has its place. At live performances, however, you will never repeat the exact moment again. They can alter your perceptions, too.

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