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Al Jarreau (1940-2017): Our Essential Playlist

Al Jarreau (1940-2017): Our Essential Playlist

Al Jarreau’s distinctive singing style crossed boundaries, encompassing jazz, pop, R&B, funk, gospel, and even world music.

Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Loafer’s Hollow (2017)

Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Loafer’s Hollow (2017)

Blurring the lines between art and wit for fourteen years running, Mostly Other People Do The Killing are still making absurdity in jazz fun.

Glenn Zaleski – Fellowship (2017)

Glenn Zaleski – Fellowship (2017)

With only two albums to his name alone, Glenn Zaleski is a fully realized talent as a pianist, composer and bandleader. Fellowship is going to delight anybody who relishes Fred Hersch and Keith Jarrett trio records.

Thinking Plague – Hoping Against Hope (2017)

Thinking Plague – Hoping Against Hope (2017)

feature photo: Sal DeVincenzo, courtesy of Cuneiform Records The notion of progressive rock often suggests the melding of rock with some elements of jazz or jazz fusion, due to extended song forms and an emphasis on instrumental prowess. Thinking Plague sets

Nick Finzer – Hear and Now (2017)

Nick Finzer – Hear and Now (2017)

‘Hear and Now’ packs the instrumental prowess we’ve come to expect from Nick Finzer, paired with a finely honed compositional edge and stellar musicianship.

Sebastien Ammann, “One” from Color Wheel (2017): Something Else! sneak peek

Sebastien Ammann, “One” from Color Wheel (2017): Something Else! sneak peek

Sebastien Ammann and Color Wheel achieve their mission of stimulating, dynamic jazz in the span of a fairly concise four minutes. Nothing is wasted on “One.”

Nick Finzer’s Thoughtful ‘Hear and Now’ Also Honors Duke Ellington: Something Else! Interview

Nick Finzer’s Thoughtful ‘Hear and Now’ Also Honors Duke Ellington: Something Else! Interview

Trombonist Nick Finzer discusses the impetus for his new album ‘Hear and Now,’ a sweeping new tour and the importance of jazz education.

Vinnie Sperrazza – Juxtaposition (2017)

Vinnie Sperrazza – Juxtaposition (2017)

Thus far for the drummer, composer and bandleader Vinnie Sperrazza, it’s two albums, two different approaches, same high quality level jazz. The consistent ‘Juxtaposition’ justifies keeping Sperrazza on the watch list.

Modus Factor – The Picasso Zone (2016)

Modus Factor – The Picasso Zone (2016)

When great musicians from different bands and projects get together for the express purpose of making music without the restrictions they usually face elsewhere, it should bring out the best in all of them. That’s just what happened with the guys in Modus Factor on their inaugural effort ‘The Picasso Zone.’

Matthew Shipp Trio, “Flying Carpet” from Piano Song: Something Else! sneak peek

Matthew Shipp Trio, “Flying Carpet” from Piano Song: Something Else! sneak peek

Here’s an exclusive stream of “Flying Carpet”, from the Matthew Shipp Trio album ‘Piano Song’ to be released January 27, 2017 on Thirsty Ear Records.