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).

Dan Phillips BKK Trio – Bangkok Edge (2013)

Guitarist, composer and educator Dan Phillips has taken his game to a lot of different places, honing his skills in New York, Chicago, Tokyo, and Bangkok. His experience has served him well

Steve Slagle – Evensong (2013)

Every time I’ve surveyed a Steve Slagle record, it’s always been in the context of the Stryker/Slagle Band. This ace alto and soprano saxophonist’s latest project Evensong is under his own name

Tim Green – Songs From This Season (2013)

The Music of Tim Green from Boat Safety Films on Vimeo. We’ve chatted up the winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk saxophone competition a lot, and Jon Irabagon has managed to insert himself into a lot of vital jazz albums since his big win. You know, the guy who came in second isn’t so shabby, either.

Matthew Shipp – Greatest Hits (2013)

Over the course of Matthew Shipp’s Blue Series releases, I have spent a not insignificant amount of time pushing, pulling, and molding words into shape in the effort to describe Shipp’s ever-changing musical concepts.