In what will likely go down as one of the best uncategorizable releases of the year, Harriet Tubman’s ‘Araminta’ is a swaggering statement from four musicians who thrive on taking chances.
A mere two months following yet another highly thought-of ensemble record, guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has returned.
Dialectical Imagination’s ‘The Angle and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture’ is a presentation of music that’s informed by deft musicianship but rides on waves of passion.
Ballister’s ‘Slag’ is free-form music – played that way and at its best.
As a celebration of the Satoko Fujii Orchestra Toyko’s fallen guitarist Kelly Churko, ‘Peace’ couldn’t be any more true to his memory and the fearlessness he brought to this band.
Not always tuneful but unfailingly engaging and playful, ‘Hearts and Minds’ exemplifies the best qualities of adventurous Chicago jazz.
‘Sound Etiquette’ revisits an old, forgotten virtue from the earliest days of electric jazz.
Mats Gustafsson says it is vital to remain open, inquisitive and to explore music. With ‘MG 50: Peace and Fire,’ he does just that.
‘An Untroublesome Defencelessness’ features the collective wisdom of Merzbow, Keiji Haino and Balazs Pandi – three visionary musicians who have made careers out of embracing uncharted territory.
More haunting, impulsive and memorable music from the multi-instrumentalist Kali Z. Fasteau, who made the always surprising ‘Intuit’ with fellow improv veterans Kidd Jordan and L. Mixashawn Rozi.