Ensemble, Et Al. – Present Point Passed (2014)

Ensemble, Et Al. is a four-piece band that could have just as easily been named “Percussion, Unlimited” for its makeup of all-percussive instruments: marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, drums, Indian cowbells and Tibetan Bowls.

Archie Shepp – Attica Blues Orchestra Live: I Hear the Sound (2014)

Archie Shepp – Attica Blues Orchestra Live: I Hear the Sound (2014)

That Archie Shepp’s newest iteration of this striking song cycle arrives in the wake of the death of LeRoi Jones (known later as Imamu Amiri Baraka) is fitting

Sarah Manning – Harmonious Creature (2014)

Four years ago, up-and-coming alto saxophonist Sarah Manning marked her arrival to the NYC scene with her first album with Posi-Tone, Dandelion Clock (2010), and it made waves.

Exclusive stream: Helen Sung, “Brother Thelonious” from Anthem For A New Day (2014)

A past winner of the Mary Lou Williams Piano Competition, Helen Sung knows her way around eighty-eight keys, and after five well-received albums, this NYC residing, Houston, Texas native is bringing her talents to the Concord Music label.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Long Ago Child/Fallen Star” (1979)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Long Ago Child/Fallen Star” (1979)

It’s one thing to paint a complete picture with a small amount of harmonic material, yet quite another to be very concise with over ten minutes of music.

The Ocular Concern – Sister Cities (2014)

The West Coast ensemble The Ocular Concern meekly touts their product as “Music for the Curious Listener,” but that belies a whole lot of adventure contained within their songs.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Fred Frith, “No Birds” (1974)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Fred Frith, “No Birds” (1974)

Many years ago, I made a mix tape specifically for use on long drives in my pickup truck. No, it was not filled with country music.

Steve Davis – For Real (2014)

Jazz Messengers-alum and sideman trombonist of choice Steve Davis makes his fourth Posi-Tone disc For Real yet another enjoyable collection of no-bullshit, genuine hard bop.

On Second Thought: Fareed Haque – Out of Nowhere (2013)

Fareed Haque’s masterful fluidity is all over Out of Nowhere, the guitarist’s latest record. For this round, the Chicago-based musician forges ahead through a collection of standards and originals

Scott Jeppesen – El Guapo (2013)

In his debut album as a leader, saxophonist Scott Jeppesen showcases all he’s learned on the journey thus far.