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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″).

On Second Thought: Matt Newton – Within Reach (2014)

On Second Thought: Matt Newton – Within Reach (2014)

Matt Newton’s refreshingly modern take on jazz music is what makes Within Reach such an amiable, lovely recording. This is the follow-up to the Toronto-based pianist’s acclaimed debut Push and stands both as a statement of intent and an indication of progress.

Exclusive stream: Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, “What’s Next?” (2014)

Exclusive stream: Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, “What’s Next?” (2014)

The pianist, composer, conductor and ethnomusicologist Mehmet Ali Sanlikol knows a lot about music from around the world, be that British prog rock or traditional Ottoman music that’s connected to this Bursa, Turkey native’s ancestry. But he fell in love with jazz as a teen

Chicago Underground Duo – Locus (2014)

Chicago Underground Duo – Locus (2014)

Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor’s deft application of lo-fi electronics to out-jazz has been celebrated here a few times, and Locus, their second release with Northern Spy Records, is another reason to celebrate.

On Second Thought: Matthew Shipp Trio – Root Of Things (2014)

On Second Thought: Matthew Shipp Trio – Root Of Things (2014)

As I listen to pianist Matthew Shipp’s latest release, there’s a part of me that finds it difficult to not be unduly influenced by the knowledge that Shipp thinks that Stanely Crouch is a horse’s ass. That influence is hard to ignore, since one of the qualities of Shipp’s pronouncements is total honesty. A beautiful and rare thing.

Eric Revis – In Memory of Things Yet Seen (2014)

Eric Revis – In Memory of Things Yet Seen (2014)

The first-call acoustic bass player best known in five words or less as “Branford Marsalis’ bassist since forever” is preparing to release his own led-date In Memory of Things Yet Seen (March 25, 2014, Clean Feed Records).

Matija Dedic’, with Antonio Sanchez and Scott Colley – Sentiana (2014)

Matija Dedic’, with Antonio Sanchez and Scott Colley – Sentiana (2014)

The classically trained, Croatian born pianist Matija Dedic’ certainly wears his Euro-classical heritage on his sleeve, and why not?

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Pretty Scattered” (1980)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Pretty Scattered” (1980)

Sometimes, it’s all about Ornette. On the whole, 80/81 comfortably visits “out” material and more straight ahead jazz, with a healthy introduction to Pat’s idea of “folk jazz.” Some of the glue that holds all of this together is the influence of Ornette Coleman.

Sam Boshnack Quintet – Exploding Syndrome (2014)

Sam Boshnack Quintet – Exploding Syndrome (2014)

From the same lively, progressive jazz scene in Seattle that’s brought us Paul Rucker, Cuong Vu and the various “tet” bands (Reptet, Triptet and Hardcoretet), Samantha “Sam” Boshnack is the fast-rising star of the bunch.

Matthew Shipp Trio – Root of Things (2014)

Matthew Shipp Trio – Root of Things (2014)

There are thoughtful pianists who play from the brain and passionate pianists who play from the heart. Matthew Shipp’s distinction has been that he’s always been a thoughtful pianist who plays from the heart.