Jazz

‘I want to play bass again; it’s why I live': Charlie Haden’s brave fight through a second bout of polio

‘I want to play bass again; it’s why I live': Charlie Haden’s brave fight through a second bout of polio

Charlie Haden has been stricken a second time by polio symptoms, focusing the legendary jazz bassist off the road. He’ll receive a Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday before the Grammys, but is unsure if he will be able to speak for long.

Chris Potter – The Sirens (2013)

Combined with his own vast facility and adventurous spirit, stints with Steely Dan, Dave Holland, Paul Motian and most recently, Pat Metheny’s Unity Band have made Chris Potter one of the best known and accoladed saxophonists of his generation.

‘Wonderful, and inspiring': Robben Ford on his new album, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison … and Kiss?

‘Wonderful, and inspiring': Robben Ford on his new album, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison … and Kiss?

Do-anything guitarist Robben Ford is hailing his forthcoming album Bringing It Back Home as “my favorite thing that I’ve done in a long time,” and that’s certainly saying something.

Yelena Eckemoff Trio – Glass Song (2013)

Russian-born Yelena Eckemoff is a classically trained concert pianist who has more recently in her career taken on jazz, but has done so strictly on her terms.

Ben Goldberg – Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues (2013)

Ben Goldberg – Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues (2013)

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg sometimes gets so out front with his musical vision, it takes years to catch up with him.

Kim’s Trio featuring Vincent Herring – Relationship (2013)

New Jersey resident Dasuel Kim has a secret musical weapon here – and he’s not a member of the South Korean-born bassist’s eponymous trio: Vincent Herring, a former sideman with Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey and Dizzy Gillespie

Joey Stuckey – Mixture (2013)

By creating his Southern-infused jazz sounds, guitarist Joey Stuckey plumbs the depths of genre-splicing on Mixture. His first full-length jazz record, this is an opportunity to dig in to another side

Wayne Shorter – Without a Net (2013)

Wayne Shorter – Without a Net (2013)

Growing up in the age of Weather Report, I’ll admit that it was difficult to gauge the breadth of Wayne Shorter’s importance as a composer in the modern jazz tradition. The new live set Without A Net provides a stirring reminder

Tony Bennett – As Time Goes By (2013)

Tony Bennett – As Time Goes By (2013)

Tony Bennett holds a rightful place as an American icon for a variety of reasons: he is essentially our last link to the other great crooners such as Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.

Exclusive stream: Michael Wolff and Mike Clark, “Hummin'” from Wolff and Clark Expedition (2013)

Here’s an exclusive preview stream from the exciting new collaboration between Michael Wolff (Cannonball Adderley, Nancy Wilson, Cal Tjader) and Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock, the Headhunters, Larry Coryell).