Jazz

Something Else! Interview: Mike Clark on Herbie Hancock, the Headhunters and Michael Wolff

Drummer Mike Clark, perhaps best known for his work with and without Herbie Hancock as a member of the Headhunters, is part of a new band now — the dazzlingly improvisational Wolff and Clark Expedition, with longtime friend Michael Wolff.

Scott Ramminger, with George Porter Jr., others – Advice from a Father to a Son (2013)

Singing with a hound-dog salaciousness, and playing sax with a squalling soulfulness, Advice from a Father to a Son has a funky-cool Carnival-time vibe anyway. Then Scott Ramminger goes and adds some of New Orleans’ best sidemen

Jackie Ryan – Listen Here (2013)

Sometimes an outfit so impressive takes to your ears with poise and confidence so exceptional that it almost overwhelms. Even the smoothest, gentlest aspects of jazz can strike with that impact

Saffron – dawning (2013)

As a collision of creative impulses, Saffron is something special. Perhaps best described as kindred spirits from across the musical divide, this collective of artists takes to dawning with a spirit of openness

‘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