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Matthew Lux’s Communication Arts Quartet – Contra/Fact (2018)

Matthew Lux’s Communication Arts Quartet – Contra/Fact (2018)

Matthew Lux’s debut ‘Contra/Fact’ contains a good deal of delightful surprises but given his credentials, such surprises are to be expected.

Evil Genius – Experiments On Human Subjects (2018)

Evil Genius – Experiments On Human Subjects (2018)

‘Experiments On Human Subjects’ is artful haymaking from Evil Genius. The tuba is having more fun than is probably legally allowed and if you’re predisposed for adventurous listening, you’ll have illegal fun too.

Daniel Carter, William Parker, Matthew Shipp – Seraphic Light, Live at Tufts University (2018)

Daniel Carter, William Parker, Matthew Shipp – Seraphic Light, Live at Tufts University (2018)

‘Seraphic Light’ is the kind of musical togetherness that can only happen with a great deal of time-tested rapport and virtuosity.

Thollem/Clouser/Chase – Dub Narcotic Session Vol. II (2018)

Thollem/Clouser/Chase – Dub Narcotic Session Vol. II (2018)

Thollem ducks into a studio and jams with a noted, up-and-coming fusion guitarist and the drummer from an established garage-punk band.

Dave Holland – Uncharted Territories (2018)

Dave Holland – Uncharted Territories (2018)

Dave Holland continues to add meaningful music to an already ample, rewarding catalog with the double-album free jazz extravaganza ‘Uncharted Territories.’

Spencer Friedman and Paul de Jong – Functions (EP, 2018)

Spencer Friedman and Paul de Jong – Functions (EP, 2018)

It’s that opaque fickleness juiced by prowess on their instruments that makes Spencer Friedman and Paul de Jong’s ‘Functions’ both so different and yet so compelling.

Kira Kira [Satoko Fujii] – Bright Force (2018)

Kira Kira [Satoko Fujii] – Bright Force (2018)

Satoko Fujii is issuing an album in every month of 2018, and if there’s one musician with enough ensembles, projects and ideas to pull it off, it’s her.

Anteloper [Jaimie Branch and Jason Nazary] – Kudu (2018)

Anteloper [Jaimie Branch and Jason Nazary] – Kudu (2018)

Anteloper’s ‘Kudu’ suggests that there is so much art waiting to be tapped with only a trumpet, drums and a little bit of circuitry.

Michael Coleman + Ben Goldberg – Practitioner (2018)

Michael Coleman + Ben Goldberg – Practitioner (2018)

One can’t help to think that Steve Lacy would have loved the originality Ben Goldberg and Michael Coleman brought to these personal expressions of his.

Matthew Shipp – Zero (2018)

Matthew Shipp – Zero (2018)

‘Zero’ is another one of those ‘pure’ Matthew Shipp solo piano records where there’s nothing in between the depths of his soul and your ears.

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