Jazz

Scott Amendola and Wil Blades announce crowdfunding campaign for debut album

Scott Amendola and Wil Blades announce crowdfunding campaign for debut album

San Francisco Bay Area drums/organ sensation Amendola vs Blades are finally putting out a record. And here’s how you can help underwrite it.

Milton Marsh – Monism (2016)

Milton Marsh – Monism (2016)

Incredibly interesting, Milton Marsh’s lost album ‘Monism’ is as relevant today as it was in 1975.

Marquis Hill – The Way We Play (2016)

Marquis Hill – The Way We Play (2016)

Marquis Hill is the textbook definition of a master and ‘The Way The Play’ relentlessly demonstrates that craft.

Larry Carlton was at his most approachable with Tak Matsumoto on Take Your Pick

Larry Carlton was at his most approachable with Tak Matsumoto on Take Your Pick

Released by Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto in June 2010, ‘Take Your Pick’ wasn’t flashy, but its highly polished fretwork just might satiate your soul.

Bobby Avey – Inhuman Wilderness (2016)

Bobby Avey – Inhuman Wilderness (2016)

‘Inhuman Wilderness’ makes clear why Bobby Avey is an award-winning jazz composer and imaginative pianist.

Cassandra Wilson’s slow-starting Loverly didn’t take her usual risks

Cassandra Wilson’s slow-starting Loverly didn’t take her usual risks

‘Loverly,’ released in June 2008, wasn’t gutsy enough to be a top-echelon Cassandra Wilson album, though there were still plenty of enjoyable moments.

Ivo Perelman – Corpo, Blue, The Hitchhiker (2016)

Ivo Perelman – Corpo, Blue, The Hitchhiker (2016)

Three duos with exponentially more ideas; Ivo Perelman makes a lot of music because he has so much to say. Even when there is only one other musician alongside him with which to express all these new inspirations.

Harry Beckett – Still Happy (2016)

Harry Beckett – Still Happy (2016)

There are just three tracks on ‘Still Happy,’ but they capture the essence of the late Harry Beckett’s fluent jazz trumpet.

Michael Bisio & Kirk Knuffke – Row For William O. (2016)

Michael Bisio & Kirk Knuffke – Row For William O. (2016)

‘Row For William O.’ reveals bassist Michael Bisio to be a great master because he is first and foremost such a good student.

Dan Pratt by Michelle Watt at her studio.

Dan Pratt, “Gross Blues” (2016): Something Else! video premiere

With the original Monk-like blues number “Gross Blues,” saxophonist Dan Pratt’s new direction gets off to a splendid start.