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S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde + Experimental Jazz): Jimmy Giuffre, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde + Experimental Jazz): Jimmy Giuffre, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith

S. Victor Aaron picks the best of 2014’s avant-garde and experimental jazz, including Roscoe Mitchell, Jimmy Giuffre, Wadada Leo Smith and others.

Luke Reynolds – After The Flood (2014)

Luke Reynolds – After The Flood (2014)

Long been the master of subtlety and textures, Luke Reynolds returns with ‘After the Flood’ — a triumph of vision and craft.

Bob Dylan and the Band, “On a Night Like This” (1974): Across the Great Divide

Bob Dylan and the Band, “On a Night Like This” (1974): Across the Great Divide

The longer I’ve lived with Bob Dylan and the Band’s “On a Night Like This,” the more it’s spoken to me.

Even leaving aside its missteps, Wings over America remains a pinnacle for Paul McCartney

Even leaving aside its missteps, Wings over America remains a pinnacle for Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney’s ‘Wings Over America,’ released on December 10, 1976, stands as some of the most vital work that he’s ever done.

Jeff Oster, with Chuck Rainey + Bernard Purdie – Next (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Jeff Oster, with Chuck Rainey + Bernard Purdie – Next (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Jeff Oster is making a New Age record with Chuck Rainey and Bernard Purdie’s help. Yes, you heard right.

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014  (Part 2 of 4, Modern + Mainstream Jazz): Keith Jarrett, Brian Blade, Matthew Shipp

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 2 of 4, Modern + Mainstream Jazz): Keith Jarrett, Brian Blade, Matthew Shipp

S. Victor Aaron picks the best of 2014’s modern and mainstream jazz albums, including Keith Jarrett, Brian Blade, Fred Hersch and others.

Dimebag Darrell (1966-2004) An Appreciation

Dimebag Darrell (1966-2004) An Appreciation

I’m not one to get overly emotional about a celebrity’s death, even one whose work touched me. Dimebag Darrell was different.

Bob Marley, “Is This Love” from Uprising Live! (2014)

Bob Marley, “Is This Love” from Uprising Live! (2014)

The picture is grainy, the sound far too tinny. Still, there’s no denying the magic going on as Bob Marley returns to “Is This Love.”

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014  (Part 1 of 4, Non-Jazz): Lucinda Williams, Me’Shell Ndegéocello

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 1 of 4, Non-Jazz): Lucinda Williams, Me’Shell Ndegéocello

S. Victor Aaron picks the best of 2014’s non-jazz albums, including Lucinda Williams, Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Drive-By Truckers and others.

Lead Belly, “Been So Long [Bellevue Hospital Blues]” (2015): One Track Mind

Lead Belly, “Been So Long [Bellevue Hospital Blues]” (2015): One Track Mind

A previously unheard song from blues legend Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter finds him in an impish mood, even while losing a battle with ALS.