Ralph Bowen – Standard Deviation (2014)

If straight-up mainstream jazz is what you crave, you can’t go wrong with Ralph Bowen. Standard Deviation is a solid execution of the form from beginning to end.

Paul Bley – Play Blue, The Oslo Concert (2014)

The Paul Bley who sits behind a piano in front of this live audience, with no accompaniment, is Bley in his purest form.

Christian Jacob – Beautiful Jazz: A Private Concert (2014)

The intimacy of Keith Jarrett’s The Köln Concert is what makes the 1975 such a tremendous experience, listen after listen. Regardless of the details, like whether or not he was playing on the “wrong piano,” Jarrett’s performance is about connecting the music to the listener.

Alex LoRe Trio – Dream House (2014)

He’s been mentored by sax masters such as Lee Konitz, George Garzone and the late, great James Moody and obtained an advanced music degree from New York’s renowned Manhattan School of Music.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Estupenda Graca” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Estupenda Graca” (1981)

“Estupenda Graca” is a rare entry in the Metheny catalog in that the title, Portuguese for “Stupendous Grace,” actually matches the mood of the song.

Something Else! sneak peek: Incognito, “Hats [Makes Me Wanna Holler]” (2014)

In the acid-jazz scene, there’s no one that has been doing it longer than Incognito. As the only band that’s largely styled after 70’s jazz-inflected RnB that actually existed in the 70’s,

Hyungjin Choi – Tales of a Dreamer (2014)

Classically trained, but unafraid to furiously swing, Hyungjin Choi leads a group of likeminded jazz performers through a set that is as varied as it is satisfying.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Trumpeter Forbes Graham

WTF?! Wednesdays: Trumpeter Forbes Graham

You’ve probably never heard of trumpeter Forbes Graham, though you might have heard him if you’re familiar with the (insert genre here, since I have no idea what to call them) band Kayo Dot.

‘I have my own mythology’: Matthew Shipp announces new release I’ve Been To Many Places

‘I have my own mythology’: Matthew Shipp announces new release I’ve Been To Many Places

I’ve Been To Many Places, my upcoming solo piano release on Thirsty Ear Records, is an apotheosis for me. I feel like the piano is a live organism at this point. I feel a complete fusion of my soul

Ross Hammond – Humanity Suite (2014)

Ross Hammond typically invests a lot into his recording projects, as we witnessed with instinctual rock-jazz excursions like 2012’s Adored and 2013’s Cathedrals.