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The Beatles, “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” from Sgt. Pepper (1967): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” from Sgt. Pepper (1967): Deep Beatles

A vintage poster and some cut-up tapes: these two elements play key roles in the Beatles’ “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”

Toxic: Mat Walerian, Matthew Shipp, William Parker – This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People (2017)

Toxic: Mat Walerian, Matthew Shipp, William Parker – This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People (2017)

”This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People’ is a set of performances that succeed because the Toxic musicians place all trust on instinct and the instincts of others.

Kate Gentile, “Alchemy Melt (With Tilt)” from Mannequins (2017): Something Else! exclusive stream

Kate Gentile, “Alchemy Melt (With Tilt)” from Mannequins (2017): Something Else! exclusive stream

“Alchemy Melt (With Tilt)” is an album’s worth of ideas from a single song and there are a dozen other songs on Kate Gentile’s ‘Mannequins.’

Zem Audu – Spirits (2017)

Zem Audu – Spirits (2017)

The international element is strong on ‘Spirit’ like a lot of jazz albums these days but Zem Audu is long beyond that concept of throwing together different ingredients and has mastered making his stew simmer with sophistication.

Tomorrow and the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 50 Years Later

Tomorrow and the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 50 Years Later

Mike Tiano explores the connection between Yes guitarist Steve Howe’s early band Tomorrow and the Beatles during the ‘Sgt. Pepper’ era.

Gato Libre – Neko (2017)

Gato Libre – Neko (2017)

Through death comes transformation. Gato Libre is a band whose body has changed, but its original heart perseveres.

The Beatles and ‘Sgt. Pepper’: A Fans’ Perspective, by Bruce Spizer (2017): Books

The Beatles and ‘Sgt. Pepper’: A Fans’ Perspective, by Bruce Spizer (2017): Books

Why is the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ so significant? Bruce Spizer tackles this complicated issue by talking to every-day people.

Jeremy Rose, “Afensou” from Within and Without (2017): Something Else! exclusive stream

Jeremy Rose, “Afensou” from Within and Without (2017): Something Else! exclusive stream

Intelligent, driven and mellifluous, Rose’s lifelong relentless pursuit of excellence within jazz comes out on ‘Within and Without,’ starting with the attractively propulsive number “Afensou.”

The Beatles, “She’s Leaving Home” from Sgt. Pepper’s (1967): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “She’s Leaving Home” from Sgt. Pepper’s (1967): Deep Beatles

Deep Beatles salutes the 50th anniversary of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ by closely examining select tracks from the masterpiece.

Ivo Perelman + Matthew Shipp, with Andrew Cyrille – Art of Perelman-Shipp: Dione (2017)

Ivo Perelman + Matthew Shipp, with Andrew Cyrille – Art of Perelman-Shipp: Dione (2017)

This album seductively demonstrates a strong continuity of the free jazz heritage from its mid-’60s flowering to guys like Ivo Perelman, Matthew Shipp and Andrew Cyrille.