Jazz

Tomas Fujiwara, Ben Goldberg + Mary Halvorson – The Out Louds (2016)

Tomas Fujiwara, Ben Goldberg + Mary Halvorson – The Out Louds (2016)

Featuring Tomas Fujiwara, Ben Goldberg and Mary Halvorson, the Out Louds aren’t always necessarily loud – but they are sure enough ‘out.’

Jake Hertzog – Well Lit Shadow (2016)

Jake Hertzog – Well Lit Shadow (2016)

Jake Hertzog’s ‘Well Lit Shadow’ is perfectly cast, as it delivers the unexpected and leaves the listener aching to hear more.

Walt Weiskopf – The Way You Say It (2016)

Walt Weiskopf – The Way You Say It (2016)

No matter how much saxophonist Walt Weiskopf mixes things up for the vibes and organ-powered jazz ‘The Way You Say It,’ the craftsmanship shines through.

Rob Mazurek Quintet’s hypnotic, diverse Sound Is rewarded close listens

Rob Mazurek Quintet’s hypnotic, diverse Sound Is rewarded close listens

‘Sound Is,’ released in March 2009 by the then-newly formed Rob Mazurek Quintet, remains a treat for those with big, open ears.

The People Band – Live at Cafe Oto (2016)

The People Band – Live at Cafe Oto (2016)

Audiences have finally caught up with the People Band, and ‘Live at Cafe Oto’ is the perfect road map to guide them forward.

Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith – a cosmic rhythm with each stroke (2016)

Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith – a cosmic rhythm with each stroke (2016)

Iyer and Smith’s ‘a cosmic rhythm with each stroke’ is an encounter of two distinct voices from two distinct generations but of a single, spiritual mind.

Alfredo Rodriguez Trio, “Chan Chan” from Tocororo: Something Else! Exclusive Stream

Alfredo Rodriguez Trio, “Chan Chan” from Tocororo: Something Else! Exclusive Stream

Rodriguez wrings a compelling, simple charm from a broken down piano that’s as undeniable as the weathered ’55 Bel Airs lumbering around downtown Havana.

Makaya McCraven – In The Moment (2016, Deluxe Edition)

Makaya McCraven – In The Moment (2016, Deluxe Edition)

The jazz/hip-hop hybrid ‘In The Moment’ from drummer Makaya McCraven retains the energy and impulsiveness of the live performances within hypnotic looped and sampled grooves.

M.A. Bakker – Rejected Scripts (2016)

M.A. Bakker – Rejected Scripts (2016)

M.A. Bakker’s jazz-rock debut boasts the expert musicianship of a by-gone era, and a vivid lyrical imagery that gives it a fiction novel feel.

Steve Kuhn Trio, “My Shining Hour,” from At This Time (2016): One Track Mind

Steve Kuhn Trio, “My Shining Hour,” from At This Time (2016): One Track Mind

Steve Kuhn has been an original and dynamic pianist for over five decades, and that young spirit is very much present today on “My Shining Hour” and the rest of ‘At This Time.’