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Matt Slocum – Black Elk’s Dream (2014)

Matt Slocum – Black Elk’s Dream (2014)

Matt Slocum had only been in NYC for a couple of years when he debuted as a leader with the impressive Portraits (2010).

On Second Thought: Jon Irabagon – It Takes All Kinds (2014)

On Second Thought: Jon Irabagon – It Takes All Kinds (2014)

If Foxy was a test of endurance, It Takes All Kinds is its continuation in the most expansive of senses.

Jared Gold – JG 3+3 (2014)

Jared Gold – JG 3+3 (2014)

Sometimes, both quality and quantity is possible: Hammond B3 commander Jared Gold has been punctually making a record a year since 2008.

Andrew Hadro – For Us, The Living (2014)

Andrew Hadro – For Us, The Living (2014)

That burly baritone sax, it can be an abrasive sound maker, but in the right hands it can be this warm, inviting sonority.

Birchall and Woolhouse – The Scenery of Life Unfolding (2014)

Birchall and Woolhouse – The Scenery of Life Unfolding (2014)

This has been done, of course. Among the legends to have played in a piano-and-bass duo are Bill Evans and Eddie Gomez, Chris Anderson and Charlie Haden, Duke Ellington and Ray Brown, and Paul Bley and Gary Peacock, among many others. To be sure, stepping into this format has its pitfalls.

Ivo Perelman and Mat Maneri – Two Men Walking (2014)

Ivo Perelman and Mat Maneri – Two Men Walking (2014)

Two Men Walking is all about Ivo Perelman going one-on-one with a viola player, which is cause for joy for improvised music enthusiasts…especially since the viola player is a kindred soul in Mat Maneri.

Ivo Perelman, with Matthew Shipp, William Parker – Book of Sound (2014)

Ivo Perelman, with Matthew Shipp, William Parker – Book of Sound (2014)

note: music in video is from a prior Perelman release, Cama Da Terra When Ivo Perelman convenes with the Matthew Shipp Trio, good stuff happens.

Books: Being Here: Conversations on Creating Music, by Rhadika Philip (2014)

Books: Being Here: Conversations on Creating Music, by Rhadika Philip (2014)

When I was told I was being sent a book of interviews with creative, inspirational musicians, I thought it might be something I might dip into now and then, leave on the shelf for a couple months and re-visit when I felt like a bit of inspiration.

Ivo Perelman, with Matthew Shipp, Michael Bisio, Whit Dickey – The Other Edge (2014)

Ivo Perelman, with Matthew Shipp, Michael Bisio, Whit Dickey – The Other Edge (2014)

As we’re reminded with the just-issued Root of Things, Matthew Shipp, Michael Bisio and Whit Dickey make up one of the most formidable acoustic trios in jazz of this day and age.

Dan Weiss – Fourteen (2014)

Dan Weiss – Fourteen (2014)

Fourteen (March 25, 2014, Pi Recordings) isn’t Dan Weiss’s fourteenth record (it’s his fifth), nor is it the number of tracks on the album, nor does it pertain to the year it’s out (as in “’14″).