Shows I’ll Never Forget: Evan Parker, November 21, 2013

At the Vortex, Dalston, London: Just occasionally, the veil which hides from us all mysteries of other worlds, of suns, moons and stars becomes thinner

Dave Baker, with Rich Kurtz – Blended (2013)

That the university-trained, classical inspired guitarist Dave Baker is so handy with interpreting pop sounds should come as no surprise. After all, he found early fame opening for fellow Temple products Hall and Oates on tour.

New York Voices – Let It Snow (2013)

Jazz and holiday music naturally fit each other; some of our most beloved Christmas albums have been recorded by jazz artists such as Nat King Cole and Vince Guaraldi.

Stan Getz, Tito Puente, Herb Alpert, others – It’s a Scream How Levine Does the Rhumba (2013)

At first, this idea of Latin-Jewish music might seem exotic. Who mixes congas and kugels — much less bagels and bongos, right? The truth is, it’s been with us since at least the 1930s

Mumpbeak – Mumpbeak (2013)

Oslo-based UK expatriate Roy Powell refuses to believe that prog-fusion has run its course, and it’s clear from his recorded work that he’s dedicated his musical career challenging that notion.

George Cotsirilos Trio – Variations (2013)

One of the most apparent revelations about Variations is how unprotected it leaves guitarist George Cotsirilos.

The Friday Morning Listen: Keith Jarrett – No End (2013)

The Friday Morning Listen: Keith Jarrett – No End (2013)

Discovering that Keith Jarrett could play the guitar was a little like finding out that Bob Dylan could speak coherently. Wait, what?

Keith Jarrett – No End (2013)

Keith Jarrett – No End (2013)

Coming from a very prominent jazz and classical pianist who famously disparaged modern, plugged-in instruments at the height of the fusion era, this is quite a revelation.

Carol Morgan – Retroactive (2013)

Carol Morgan is part of two jazz scenes, the NYC epicenter and the underrated Houston, Texas one. Her new, fifth release features this ace trumpeter with jazz luminaries from both towns.

Katayoun Goudarzi and Shujaat Husain Khan – Spring (2013)

That the poetry of Persian poet Rumi still matters today goes without saying. The Sufi saint’s words have inspired generations of musicians, writers, vocalists, and even philosophers the world over.