Jazz

Fred Hersch Trio – Floating (2014)

Fred Hersch Trio – Floating (2014)

Never mind the studio setting, the highly lyrical and entrancing beauty of Fred Hersch’s piano and his empathetic rhythm section makes this another winning outing for this trio.

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Rock, Pop and Jazz): Simon Phillips, Kere Buchanan, Nathan East, Oz Noy, Judith Owen, Toto

Preston Frazier’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Rock, Pop and Jazz): Simon Phillips, Kere Buchanan, Nathan East, Oz Noy, Judith Owen, Toto

Already, we’ve heard so much great stuff from the Toto family tree of music.

Something Else! Interview: Nels Cline Singers drummer Scott Amendola discusses his ambitious Fade To Orange project

Something Else! Interview: Nels Cline Singers drummer Scott Amendola discusses his ambitious Fade To Orange project

Amendola is an affable, do-it-all drummer with a wicked backbeat.

Peter Brotzmann + Sonny Sharrock – Whatthef*ckdoyouwant? (2014)

Peter Brotzmann + Sonny Sharrock – Whatthef*ckdoyouwant? (2014)

More than an album, these archival 1987 recordings unfold like a conversation.

S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2014  (Modern and Mainstream Jazz): Steve Lehman, Jamie Saft, Matthew Shipp, Joe Beck

S. Victor Aaron’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Modern and Mainstream Jazz): Steve Lehman, Jamie Saft, Matthew Shipp, Joe Beck

The future of jazz looks blindingly bright.

Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio – Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio (2014)

Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio – Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio (2014)

Ready or not, here comes 2013′s Monk International Competition saxophone winner Melissa Aldana. ‘Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio’ marks a solid first step in the post-Big Win phase of her young career.

Gene Segal Quintet – Mental Images (2014)

Gene Segal Quintet – Mental Images (2014)

It was a long stretch between Gene Segal’s first and second albums but ‘Mental Images’ assures that the intervening time was time was spent.

Something Else! exclusive stream: Michael Dease, “Roppongi” from Relentless (2014)

Something Else! exclusive stream: Michael Dease, “Roppongi” from Relentless (2014)

Michael Dease’s big band take on “Roppongi” breathes new life into this little-noticed Randy Brecker gem.

Wolfgang Muthspiel, with Brian Blade and Larry Grenadier – Driftwood (2014)

Wolfgang Muthspiel, with Brian Blade and Larry Grenadier – Driftwood (2014)

Wolfgang Muthspiel has just begun with ECM but ‘Driftwood’ has the style and sonority of an old vet with the label. This sounds like the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

Something Else! sneak peek: Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb and Everette Harp: “Serious Business” from Jazz Funk Soul (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb and Everette Harp: “Serious Business” from Jazz Funk Soul (2014)

Three contemporary jazz titans have some good, clean fun with their renowned polish left intact.