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Nancy Wilson, “What Are You Doing New Year’s?” (1963): One Track Mind

Nancy Wilson, “What Are You Doing New Year’s?” (1963): One Track Mind

The deeply underrated Nancy Wilson nails the sense of hopeful anxiety that surrounds Dec. 31 every year.

Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2016: Marquis Hill, Dave Stryker, Manu Katche + others

Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2016: Marquis Hill, Dave Stryker, Manu Katche + others

Preston Frazier’s Best Jazz of 2016 list crosses a striking number of musical boundaries from straight-ahead jazz to vocalists to fusion.

Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo and Frank Rosaly – Hearts and Minds (2016)

Jason Stein, Paul Giallorenzo and Frank Rosaly – Hearts and Minds (2016)

Not always tuneful but unfailingly engaging and playful, ‘Hearts and Minds’ exemplifies the best qualities of adventurous Chicago jazz.

Ivo Perelman, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver – The Art Of The Improv Trio, Volume 4 (2016)

Ivo Perelman, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver – The Art Of The Improv Trio, Volume 4 (2016)

Ivo Perelman liberally mixes and matches his improv trios for his ‘Art of the Improv Trio’ series and maintains his high standards for free jazz all the same.

Preston Frazier’s Best Concerts of 2016: Stevie Nicks, Yes, Hiromi, Dolly Parton + others

Preston Frazier’s Best Concerts of 2016: Stevie Nicks, Yes, Hiromi, Dolly Parton + others

Preston Frazier lists his five Best Concerts of 2016, with two special honorable mentions.

Mike Casey, emerging jazz saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

Mike Casey, emerging jazz saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

Mike Casey is, not to put too fine a point on it, an extraordinary saxophone player.

Rob Reddy – Citizen Quintet (2016)

Rob Reddy – Citizen Quintet (2016)

Rob Reddy’s ‘Citizen Quintet’ imposes itself as more than just a collection of songs but as a creature: inhaling, exhaling, always moving in crooked paths while always finding its way home, displaying evolving emotion as it bursts with complexity.

Memory of Elements – Now Noise (2016)

Memory of Elements – Now Noise (2016)

Memory of Elements’ ‘Now Noise’ is an album with so much going on that you’ll need more than one listen to fully appreciate it.

Adam Schneit, “A Clearer View” from Light Shines In (2016): Something Else! exclusive stream

Adam Schneit, “A Clearer View” from Light Shines In (2016): Something Else! exclusive stream

Adam Schneit keeps the Neil Young-like melody of “A Clearer View” melody well within sight while retaining the immediacy of a good Young song without needing lyrics to get that across.

Ryan Blotnick – Kush (2016)

Ryan Blotnick – Kush (2016)

Guitarist Ryan Blotnick moves back to Maine and an album of eight, spacious Blotnick compositions gently swayed by African-derived rhythms happens.