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Les McCann – Invitation to Openness (1972; 2015 reissue)

Les McCann – Invitation to Openness (1972; 2015 reissue)

Les McCann’s free-form soul-jazz experiment ‘Invitation to Openness’ is the sound of someone loosing himself from the bonds of expectation.

The Uppercut: Matthew Shipp Mat Walerian Duo – Live at Okuden (2015)

The Uppercut: Matthew Shipp Mat Walerian Duo – Live at Okuden (2015)

As a vehicle for this promising woodwinds talent from Poland Mat Walerian, his encounter with Matthew Shipp on ‘Live at Okuden’ makes good on that promise.

JD Allen, “A Throng of Millions Can Be One” from Bloom (2015): One Track Mind

JD Allen, “A Throng of Millions Can Be One” from Bloom (2015): One Track Mind

JD Allen’s “A Throng of Millions Can Be One,” just one of many standout moments on ‘Bloom,’ feels like the birth of a new jazz hymn.

Miles Davis’ brilliant, misunderstood Bitches Brew broke every rule: ‘An art form unto itself’

Miles Davis’ brilliant, misunderstood Bitches Brew broke every rule: ‘An art form unto itself’

Miles Davis sideman Lenny White talks about recording the groundbreaking, genre-shattering ‘Bitches Brew,’ released in April of 1970.

Matthew Shipp on David S. Ware, unusual collaborations + the Miles Davis Paradigm

Matthew Shipp on David S. Ware, unusual collaborations + the Miles Davis Paradigm

Matthew Shipp offers interesting thoughts for Dialog Talk, a site that archives ideas and perspectives from extraordinary global arts figures.

Cyrus Chestnut, “Gloria’s Step” from A Million Colors in Your Mind (2015)

Cyrus Chestnut, “Gloria’s Step” from A Million Colors in Your Mind (2015)

Cyrus Chestnut doesn’t supercede the definitive take by Bill Evans’ Trio. Still, I found myself enjoying the new corners he and his trio explored.

Gavin Harrison – Cheating the Polygraph (2015)

Gavin Harrison – Cheating the Polygraph (2015)

Gavin Harrison’s ‘Cheating the Polygraph’ references Porcupine Tree and big band, but quickly moves well beyond those well-worn tropes.

Albatre, Cactus Truck + Dead Neanderthals – The New Wave of Dutch Heavy Jazz (2015)

Albatre, Cactus Truck + Dead Neanderthals – The New Wave of Dutch Heavy Jazz (2015)

If this terrific collaboration between Dutch jazz heavies is ‘The New Wave of Dutch Heavy Jazz,’ then let the waves roll over us.

Gary Burton in Nashville: 1960’s Tennessee Firebird was a fusion album like no other

Gary Burton in Nashville: 1960’s Tennessee Firebird was a fusion album like no other

Gary Burton’s country-jazz experiment ‘Tennessee Firebird’ broke every rule. He joins Tom Wilmeth to discuss a gutsy decision to record in Nashville.

Matthew Shipp Chamber Ensemble – The Gospel According to Matthew and Michael (2015)

Matthew Shipp Chamber Ensemble – The Gospel According to Matthew and Michael (2015)

The musicianship gets this improvised chamber jazz concept off the ground, but it’s the bottomless imaginations of Shipp, Maneri and Bisio that make ‘The Gospel According To Matthew and Michael’ fly.