Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Dave Douglas + Uri Caine – Present Joys (2014)

Dave Douglas + Uri Caine – Present Joys (2014)

A private, warmhearted meeting of minds – and we were allowed to listen in.

Kali Z. Fasteau – Piano Rapture (2014)

Kali Z. Fasteau – Piano Rapture (2014)

Kali Z. Fasteau’s spontaneous composition theory might be forty years old, but it’s quite alive and well in practice today, no matter what she choose to play in carrying it out. On piano, it’s a downright rapturous.

Charlie Haden (1937-2014): An Appreciation

Charlie Haden (1937-2014): An Appreciation

Much more than a jazz musician, Haden was a virtuoso of all American music.

Exclusive stream: Elizabeth Shepherd, “What’s Happening” from Signal (2014)

Exclusive stream: Elizabeth Shepherd, “What’s Happening” from Signal (2014)

She will change your perceptions of what a “jazz vocalist” in this day and age means.

Something Else! Interview: Jazz guitarist John Russell

Something Else! Interview: Jazz guitarist John Russell

“I’m not too much of a fan,” the free-form legend admits, “of the ‘jazz’ label.”

Fred Hersch Trio – Floating (2014)

Fred Hersch Trio – Floating (2014)

Never mind the studio setting, the highly lyrical and entrancing beauty of Fred Hersch’s piano and his empathetic rhythm section makes this another winning outing for this trio.

Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio – Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio (2014)

Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio – Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio (2014)

Ready or not, here comes 2013′s Monk International Competition saxophone winner Melissa Aldana. ‘Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio’ marks a solid first step in the post-Big Win phase of her young career.

Gene Segal Quintet – Mental Images (2014)

Gene Segal Quintet – Mental Images (2014)

It was a long stretch between Gene Segal’s first and second albums but ‘Mental Images’ assures that the intervening time was time was spent.

Something Else! exclusive stream: Michael Dease, “Roppongi” from Relentless (2014)

Something Else! exclusive stream: Michael Dease, “Roppongi” from Relentless (2014)

Michael Dease’s big band take on “Roppongi” breathes new life into this little-noticed Randy Brecker gem.

Wolfgang Muthspiel, with Brian Blade and Larry Grenadier – Driftwood (2014)

Wolfgang Muthspiel, with Brian Blade and Larry Grenadier – Driftwood (2014)

Wolfgang Muthspiel has just begun with ECM but ‘Driftwood’ has the style and sonority of an old vet with the label. This sounds like the beginning of a beautiful relationship.