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The Thing – Garage (2004; 2015 vinyl reissue)

The Thing – Garage (2004; 2015 vinyl reissue)

These sessions may have been recorded more than a decade ago, but the Thing’s ‘Garage’ is still one of the best albums I have heard this year.

Help to get jazz percussion legend Warren Smith’s residency recordings released

Help to get jazz percussion legend Warren Smith’s residency recordings released

Help jazz percussion great Warren Smith get some memorable material from a recent residency at NYC’s The Stone club released and keep his legacy intact.

Anthony Braxton – Trio and Duet (1974; 2015 expanded reissue)

Anthony Braxton – Trio and Duet (1974; 2015 expanded reissue)

Here is a review of an expanded reissue of the 1974 recording ‘Trio And Duet,’ exploring two sides of avant-garde great Anthony Braxton.

Andrew Drury – The Drum (2015)

Andrew Drury – The Drum (2015)

Here is a review of Andrew Drury’s fascinating floor-tom drum experimentations, ‘The Drum.’

Jon Lundbom + Big Five Chord – Jeremiah (2015)

Jon Lundbom + Big Five Chord – Jeremiah (2015)

‘Jeremiah’ is the jazziest Jon Ludbom and Big Five Chord album yet but none of the Big Five Chord edge gets diminished in the process. The adventures continue with the same vigor and ingenuity as before.

Andrew Drury, “Keep The Fool” from Content Provider (2015): Something Else! exclusive stream

Andrew Drury, “Keep The Fool” from Content Provider (2015): Something Else! exclusive stream

Drum maestro Andrew Drury provides an advance listen to his dynamic upcoming quartet album ‘Content Provider’ with the leadoff track ‘Keep The Fool.”

Henry Kaiser + Ray Russell, “GuKTen LIMPo” from The Celestial Squid (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Henry Kaiser + Ray Russell, “GuKTen LIMPo” from The Celestial Squid (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

UK guitar session vet Ray Russell gets back in touch with his trash-jazz side in collaboration with Henry Kaiser for “GuKTen LIMPo,” an advance stream from their upcoming album ‘The Celestial Squid.’

Jon Lundbom + Big Five Chord, “The Bottle” from Jeremiah (2015)

Jon Lundbom + Big Five Chord, “The Bottle” from Jeremiah (2015)

Lundbom’s original tune “The Bottle” is a good indicator that there’s no let up from Big Five Chord in Jeremiah from their previous five records.

Hamir Atwal + Ben Goldberg – Clarinet and Drums (2015)

Hamir Atwal + Ben Goldberg – Clarinet and Drums (2015)

‘Clarinet and Drums,’ from Hamir Atwal and Ben Goldberg, succeeds on the simpatico and sheer skill of its participants.

Ballister – Worse For The Wear (2015)

Ballister – Worse For The Wear (2015)

Ballister’s fifth release ‘Worse For The Wear’ proves that Chicago-style free jazz remains cutting-edge and uncompromising.