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Roxy Coss – Chasing The Unicorn (2017)

Roxy Coss – Chasing The Unicorn (2017)

Roxy Coss shines brightly on ‘Chasing The Unicorn’ because this talented saxophonist and composer shines in so many areas.

Chicago Edge Ensemble, “Decaying Orbit,” from Decaying Orbit (2017): One Track Mind

Chicago Edge Ensemble, “Decaying Orbit,” from Decaying Orbit (2017): One Track Mind

‘Decaying Orbit’ — the song and the album — fulfills the promise of its members’ respective legacies and furthers the legacy of its worldly leader, guitarist Dan Phillips.

Jeff Lorber Fusion – Prototype (2017)

Jeff Lorber Fusion – Prototype (2017)

Truth is, funk-jazz keyboardist, composer and producer Jeff Lorber has been prototyping since the late ’70s.

Modern Art and the Art of the EP, from R.E.M., Let’s Active, Bangles + others: Shadows in Stereo

Modern Art and the Art of the EP, from R.E.M., Let’s Active, Bangles + others: Shadows in Stereo

An EP release has an interesting aesthetic all its own, as shown by key releases from R.E.M., Let’s Active, the Dream Syndicate, the Bangles and others.

Biscay – Burnt Mementos EP (2017)

Biscay – Burnt Mementos EP (2017)

Jazzy, R&B-inflected pop — aka ‘yacht rock’ — is music that had its day in the USA through the 70s and into the early 80s but since then the UK became the main mecca for this kind of music. From the time that

Chuck Berry, June 1972: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Chuck Berry, June 1972: Shows I’ll Never Forget

I did not know Chuck Berry was a black man until he stepped on that Des Moines stage.

Matt Nelson, Tim Dahl, Nick Podgurski – GRID (2017)

Matt Nelson, Tim Dahl, Nick Podgurski – GRID (2017)

Describing ‘GRID’ as “guttural” is a modest way to put it, but scary music created on the fly has rarely sounded so sweet.

Taylor Haskins – Gnosis (2017)

Taylor Haskins – Gnosis (2017)

Haskins’ capacity for blending cutting-edge, high-tech means of music making with the handmade, organically conceived method of playing jazz borders on the genius level, and that’s just what he is going for with ‘Gnosis.’

Laurence Juber – LJ Can’t Stop Playing the Beatles (2017)

Laurence Juber – LJ Can’t Stop Playing the Beatles (2017)

Ex-Wings guitarist Laurence Juber strips down Beatles tracks to their barest elements, exploring critical elements and captivating listeners.

Whit Dickey, Mat Maneri, Matthew Shipp – Vessel In Orbit (2017)

Whit Dickey, Mat Maneri, Matthew Shipp – Vessel In Orbit (2017)

Conceived as it was played, ‘Vessel In Orbit’ is unpredictable, melodic and has form built around emotion not formal structures. When it’s done by such elastic artists like Dickey, Shipp and Maneri, it all comes together beautifully.