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Denny Zeitlin and George Marsh – Expedition (2017)

Denny Zeitlin and George Marsh – Expedition (2017)

‘Expedition’ continues a long, provocative journey taken by Denny Zeitlin and George Marsh along the innovative frontier of jazz.

Brandon Seabrook – Die Trommel Fatale (2017)

Brandon Seabrook – Die Trommel Fatale (2017)

Always crazy like a fox, Brandon Seabrook might have again made radical art with ‘Die Trommel Fatale,’ but it’s art with plenty of purpose, vision and balls.

W-2 – Fanatics (2017)

W-2 – Fanatics (2017)

99.9% of people will listen to the trailer above for W-2’s new album Fanatics and will go no further with this article. If you’re part of that zero-point-one percenter contingent who loves to indulge in anti-music music at least on occasion, keep going…

Mike Caratti, Rachel Musson + Steve Beresford – Hesitantly Pleasant (2017)

Mike Caratti, Rachel Musson + Steve Beresford – Hesitantly Pleasant (2017)

‘Hesitantly Pleasant’ is a ridiculously endearing album which takes the listener on a corkscrew journey through mindsets, concepts and ideologies.

Kikanju Baku and James Fei – No One Teaches The Snake To Strike (2017)

Kikanju Baku and James Fei – No One Teaches The Snake To Strike (2017)

Baku and Fei’s ‘No One Teaches The Snake To Strike’ is extreme jazz improv, all tracks made up on the spot, no safety net, no overdubs, just a pure outpouring of drums/reeds co-combustion.

Rob Mazurek’s Black Cube Marriage – Astral Cube (2017)

Rob Mazurek’s Black Cube Marriage – Astral Cube (2017)

‘Astral Cube’ is the latest in a long line of Mazurek projects that demonstrates the leader’s great ability to bring divergent talent together for a chaotic yet cathartic sonic experience.

Jaimie Branch – Fly or Die (2017)

Jaimie Branch – Fly or Die (2017)

In thirty-five short minutes, Jamie Branch said a lot about what she’s offering to the realm of outward-bound jazz. If ‘Fly or Die’ is only her Chapter One, I can hardly wait to hear the rest of this book.

Nicole Mitchell – Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (2017)

Nicole Mitchell – Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (2017)

Nicole Mitchell follows in the hallowed footsteps of spiritual visionaries like Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders and the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

The Great Harry Hillman, “How To Dice An Onion” from Tilt (2017): Something Else! 360º video premiere

The Great Harry Hillman, “How To Dice An Onion” from Tilt (2017): Something Else! 360º video premiere

As the 360º video makes clear, the gumption of the Great Harry Hillman knows no bounds.

Thollem | Mazurek (Thollem McDonas and Rob Mazurek) – Blind Curves and Box Canyons (2017)

Thollem | Mazurek (Thollem McDonas and Rob Mazurek) – Blind Curves and Box Canyons (2017)

To a lot of people, the slang to describe a remote location is ‘bum frick Egypt,’ but in Texas, that place is called Marfa. Situated almost 200 miles southeast of El Paso near