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Shai Maestro – The Dream Thief (2018)

Shai Maestro – The Dream Thief (2018)

Shai Maestro was already living up to his flattering last name when we first noticed him as the pianist in Avishai Cohen’s trio back in ’08. He would stay with

Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin – Awase (2018)

Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin – Awase (2018)

It’s a somewhat revamped Ronin, but Nik Bärtsch saw opportunity with those changes and exploited them. ‘Awase’ can move both your mind and your soul but the deceptively fresh approach it takes to get under the skin like that is the brilliance of Bärtsch and his Ronin quartet.

John Surman – Invisible Threads (2018)

John Surman – Invisible Threads (2018)

‘Invisible Threads’ offered me the first chance to listen to saxophonist and clarinet player John Surman in a long time – and all I can say is, “wow.”

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil – Incidentals (2017)

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil – Incidentals (2017)

Though tim Berne’s Snakeoil band lives and thrives dangerously, ‘Incidentals’ never goes off the rails; there’s a constant sense of surprise but coupled with a sense of purpose.

Vijay Iyer Sextet – Far From Over (2017)

Vijay Iyer Sextet – Far From Over (2017)

By not limiting himself within a narrow concept and exploiting a multiple of possibilities presented by the larger sextet, Vijay Iyer’s variety of tactics benefit ‘Far From Over,’ making this an insightful window into his wide-ranging capabilities.

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.

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