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Roscoe Mitchell – Bells for the South Side (2017)

Roscoe Mitchell – Bells for the South Side (2017)

After five-decade history of rattling the very foundations of jazz, Roscoe Mitchell returns to what’s become a symbol the jazz establishment to make a strong statement of his undying vitality.

Avishai Cohen – Cross My Palm With Silver (2017)

Avishai Cohen – Cross My Palm With Silver (2017)

The delicacy and low-key passion of Avishai Cohen shows up through his trumpet, compositions and every member of his quartet.

Chris Potter – The Dreamer Is The Dream (2017)

Chris Potter – The Dreamer Is The Dream (2017)

The opening notes on “Heart In Hand” from Chris Potter’s tenor sax traces Wayne Shorter’s opening remark on “Dance Cadaverous” but Potter’s own deeply expressive character quickly surfaces on his own spare but symphonic poem. In what begins as a

Jack DeJohnette, with Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison – In Movement (2016)

Jack DeJohnette, with Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison – In Movement (2016)

What you get when DeJohnette combines with guys named Coltrane and Garrison doesn’t exactly square up with the mental picture (or rather, mental music) most jazzbos might imagine when those three names are put together. Nonetheless, ‘In Movement’ is no less gratifying.

Miroslav Vitous – Music Of Weather Report (2016)

Miroslav Vitous – Music Of Weather Report (2016)

With ‘Music Of Weather Report’, founding bassist Miroslav Vitous makes that point explicitly and abundantly clear why that music is so vital. And like the music Vitous seeks to evoke, this is fusion jazz at its peak.

Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile – Continuum (2016)

Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile – Continuum (2016)

That Nik Bärtsch can apply his innovations so effectively with a bass-less combo and even with a small string section further validates the soundness of this unique approach.

Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith – a cosmic rhythm with each stroke (2016)

Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith – a cosmic rhythm with each stroke (2016)

Iyer and Smith’s ‘a cosmic rhythm with each stroke’ is an encounter of two distinct voices from two distinct generations but of a single, spiritual mind.

01.26.2007 RALPH ALESSI AT THE JAZZ GALLERY

Ralph Alessi – Quiver (2016)

I just realized why Ralph Alessi became Fred Hersch’s trumpet player of choice: Alessi is Fred Hersch, rendered through brass instead of ivory.

Avishai Cohen – Into The Silence (2016)

Avishai Cohen – Into The Silence (2016)

The main draw of Avishai Cohen’s artistry throughout his varied output is his restlessness. The inward-looking and reflective ‘Into The Silence’ contrasts with earlier work but is exactly right for the moment.

Paul Bley was an enchanting, unparalleled piano genius to the end

Paul Bley was an enchanting, unparalleled piano genius to the end

Paul Bley has died at 83, following a career which spanned much of jazz history itself – yet boasted a vision derivative of no one.