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J.J. Wright – Inward Looking Outward (2014)

J.J. Wright – Inward Looking Outward (2014)

Uncommonly fresh and quietly inventive, Inward Looking Outward breathes new life into the venerable ol’ piano trio without having to step outside to achieve that. A rare achievement, to be sure.

Something Else! sneak peek: Rotem Sivan Trio, “Sefi’s Blues” (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Rotem Sivan Trio, “Sefi’s Blues” (2014)

Played with grace, fire and the knowledge of how much of both to deliver.

Wil Blades – Field Notes (2014)

Wil Blades – Field Notes (2014)

Every song finds a different way to soothe, groove and satisfy the soul. Blades and his badassed organ trio never seem to run out of ideas.

Farmers By Nature – Love And Ghosts (2014)

Farmers By Nature – Love And Ghosts (2014)

This improvised music supergroup is truly a democratic musical commune.

Darius Jones + Matthew Shipp – The Darkseid Recital (2014)

Darius Jones + Matthew Shipp – The Darkseid Recital (2014)

Unpredictability and real passion characterizes ‘The Darkseid Recital’ as a whole, just as it did for Jones’ and Shipp’s amazing ‘Cosmic Lieder’, but those things are magnified from doing it from the stage. That’s the perfect way to follow up on that earlier, acclaimed duet.

Ricardo Tejero/Marco Serrato/Borja Díaz – Sputnik Trio (2014)

Ricardo Tejero/Marco Serrato/Borja Díaz – Sputnik Trio (2014)

ree-form jazz doesn’t need to go on for mind-numbingly lengths if the musicians know what they’re doing. The Sputnik Trio have this all figured out.

Bobby Broom – My Shining Hour (2014)

Bobby Broom – My Shining Hour (2014)

Steely Dan opening act Bobby Broom releases a terrific set of jazz standards.

Steve Swallow, Ohad Talmor, Adam Nussbaum – Singular Curves (2014)

Steve Swallow, Ohad Talmor, Adam Nussbaum – Singular Curves (2014)

The two words “Swallow” and “Nussbaum” used in close proximity to each other instantly conjures up John Scofield’s best pre-Still Warm disc, Shinola. Scofield’s compositions and arrangements on that live set demanded much from his rhythm section, and his rhythm section delivered in spades.

Indigo Mist [Cuong Vu + Richard Karpen] – That The Days Go By And Never Come Again (2014)

Indigo Mist [Cuong Vu + Richard Karpen] – That The Days Go By And Never Come Again (2014)

Provocative and fanciful, they bring Ellington and Strayhorn closer to us.

Karen Mantler – Business Is Bad (2014)

As a collection of children’s songs for grown-ups, ‘Business Is Bad’ would be terribly silly if it wasn’t so damned inconspicuously clever. Thankfully, it *is* clever, and marks the return of Karen Mantler after nearly a decade and a half off without skipping a beat.