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Wadada Leo Smith – Najwa (2017)

Wadada Leo Smith – Najwa (2017)

Teeming with guitars, Wadada Leo Smith’s ‘Najwa’ is one of those particularly bright moments in a catalog full of them.

Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble – Not Dark Yet (2014)

You got to come on, man, and take a piece of Mr. Nathan Parker Smith’s band.

Rob Garcia 4 – The Passion of Color (2014)

Continuing in the long line of jazz musicians who have molded and revitalized modern jazz from behind a drum kit, ‘The Passion of Color’ is Rob Garcia at his best.

Emilio Teubal – Musica Para Un Dragon Dormido (2013)

Emilio Teubal’s third album (his first for Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records) is, like the prior two, a record that draws on his Argentinian roots. But this pianist, composer and bandleader doesn’t make Musica Para Un Dragon Dormido another collection of self-described “Argentinian jazz.”

Matt Holman’s Diversion Ensemble – When Flooded (2013)

An emerging talent who has starred in Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society and a 2009 winner of ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Competition, trumpet player Matt Holman has put it all together for his maiden record as a leader, When Flooded.

Josh Ginsburg – Zembla Variations (2012)

In a couple of days, bassist/composer/bandleader Josh Ginsburg will issue his first album, one he’s clearly ready for.

Half Notes: Rob Garcia 4 – The Drop And The Ocean (2011)

When I listen to Rob Garcia’s new album The Drop And The Ocean, the same adjectives come to me as they did for his prior album, Perennial, which are “seductive,” “lyrical,” “well-conceived,” “well-designed,” and Garcia’s drumming being “sensitive” and “delicate.” What I’d probably could add to that is Garcia’s drumming is at times (like on “River”) like Elvin Jones withRead More

Dan Blake – Aquarian Suite (2011)

When taking in Julian Lage’s uniquely poetic Gladwell earlier this year, I sensed something uncommonly creative about Lage’s saxophone player, Dan Blake, and his ability to blend in flawlessly with a cello and play music that reconciled jazz and folk and classical music. He even contributed music that fit perfectly into this eclectic formula, with “However.”

Anne Mette Iversen Quartet – The Milo Songs (2011)

When I think of all the members of the young, exciting roster that the fledgling Brooklyn Jazz Underground Jazz Records has in its ranks, one of the first names I think of is Anne Mette Iversen. She is a serious talent at both acoustic bass and compositions.

From The Stacks 2011, Vol. 2: Toots Thielemans, Benjamin Drazen, Brian Landrus, others

Photo from Jos Knaepen/ by S. Victor Aaron When I first started the Stacks series last year, I had two formatting rules about it: each artist was to be allotted one paragraph each and there must be at least six albums examined. I’m bending both rules this time, as only five new releases will get a look, and theRead More