Jazz

Ron Miles + Bill Frisell and Brian Blade – Circuit Rider (2014)

Ron Miles + Bill Frisell and Brian Blade – Circuit Rider (2014)

Ron Miles and Company once again make music ideal for those who savor it with angularity and superb group dynamics.

Branford Marsalis – In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral (2014)

Branford Marsalis – In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral (2014)

Playing in one of this music’s holy places, Branford Marsalis gives himself, utterly, to the moment.

Annie Lennox, “Summertime” from Nostalgia (2014): One Track Mind

Annie Lennox, “Summertime” from Nostalgia (2014): One Track Mind

This is the kind of richly textured, reminiscent version of “Summertime” required as the first cool fingers of fall close around you.

Eric Johnson + Mike Stern, “Benny Man’s Blues” from Eclectic: One Track Mind

Eric Johnson + Mike Stern, “Benny Man’s Blues” from Eclectic: One Track Mind

“Benny Man’s Blues” lives up to the outsized, genre-bending expectations surrounding a studio pairing of Eric Johnson and Mike Stern.

Brian Charette – Good Tipper (2014)

Brian Charette – Good Tipper (2014)

Brian Charette can’t help putting a refreshingly different spin on things with this delightful, covers-heavy organ trio record.

Antoine Fafard – Ad Perpetuum (2014)

Antoine Fafard – Ad Perpetuum (2014)

Antoine Fafard’s ‘Ad Perpetuum’ is a wonderfully diverse piece of jazz-fusion art.

Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Blue (2014)

Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Blue (2014)

If you like ‘Kind of Blue,’ then you…uhh…will like ‘Blue’.

Marcin Wasilewski Trio with Joakim Milder – Spark of Life (2014)

Marcin Wasilewski Trio with Joakim Milder – Spark of Life (2014)

Marcin Wasilewski Trio’s ‘Spark of Life’ does absolutely nothing to dispel the ECM stereotype. But so what? Other record companies would kill to be stereotyped like that.

Peter Brotzmann: We Thought We Could Change The World, with Gerard Rouy (2014): Books

Peter Brotzmann: We Thought We Could Change The World, with Gerard Rouy (2014): Books

As Peter Brotzmann speaks through ‘We Thought We Could Change The World,’ this becomes the rare book that reveals the essence of a man.

Ernie Watts Quartet – A Simple Truth (2014)

Ernie Watts Quartet – A Simple Truth (2014)

Ernie Watts and a band he’s worked with for more than a decade journey through a 24-hour cycle in sound.