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Beat Funktion – Mandy’s Secret (2014)

Beat Funktion – Mandy’s Secret (2014)

‘Mandy’s Secret’ is a fine entry point into this fundamentally solid, funky jazz ensemble from Sweden, Beat Funktion.

Dylan Ryan Sand – Circa (2014)

Dylan Ryan Sand – Circa (2014)

Though Dylan Ryan Sand is a small band, they create a big sound; though the songs are short, they’re complete musical statements. ‘Circa’ makes a lot out of a little.

Elizabeth Shepherd – The Signal (2014)

Elizabeth Shepherd – The Signal (2014)

‘The Signal’ is bold, personal and completely lucid audio art from Elizabeth Shepherd. It wouldn’t be overstating it at all to assert that this is the most important vocal jazz record of 2014.

Peripheral Vision – Sheer Tyranny Of Will (2014)

Peripheral Vision – Sheer Tyranny Of Will (2014)

Unfailingly fresh, incalculable and rewarding, Peripheral Vision is giving jazz the swift kick in the pants that it needs. ‘Sheer Tyranny Of Will’ is sheer inventive talent on display.

Thank You Scientist – Maps of Non-Existent Places (2012; 2014 reissue)

Thank You Scientist – Maps of Non-Existent Places (2012; 2014 reissue)

Thank You Scientist more than deserves a second audition; don’t miss out this time.

An Appreciation: Joe Sample and the Crusaders, “It Happens Everyday” (1977)

An Appreciation: Joe Sample and the Crusaders, “It Happens Everyday” (1977)

Remembering a drop-dead gorgeous tone poem that was so emblematic.

Medeski Scofield Martin Wood – Juice (2014)

Medeski Scofield Martin Wood – Juice (2014)

A prominent acid-jazz trio and an elite guitarist discover each other all over again.

Ben Tyree – BT3: Burn It! LIVE (2014)

Ben Tyree – BT3: Burn It! LIVE (2014)

Live in front of an audience is how this music demands to be played, if the musicians are good enough. Ben Tyree and BT3 are way more than ‘good enough.’

Vinnie Sperrazza – Apocryphal (2014)

Vinnie Sperrazza – Apocryphal (2014)

Yes, ‘Apocryphal’ is ethereal, an adjective that might be overused a tad, but it’s all about the way Vinnie Sperrazza and his three accomplices give the music that quality. It puts Sperrazza’s formal debut in a far corner of jazz that’s rarely occupied with so much moxie.

Myriad3 – The Where (2014)

Myriad3 – The Where (2014)

‘The Where’ is a solid step up from a level that was already high. No one should think jazz is stuck on neutral after listening to this trio, and one senses that they are just getting started.