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Vijay Iyer Sextet – Far From Over (2017)

Vijay Iyer Sextet – Far From Over (2017)

By not limiting himself within a narrow concept and exploiting a multiple of possibilities presented by the larger sextet, Vijay Iyer’s variety of tactics benefit ‘Far From Over,’ making this an insightful window into his wide-ranging capabilities.

Sam Boshnack Quintet – Nellie Bly Project (2017)

Sam Boshnack Quintet – Nellie Bly Project (2017)

Just as Nellie Bly was able to show what a woman is capable of when gender barriers are confronted or outright ignored, Sam Boshnack is an example of a growing number of women leading a resurgence of creativity in jazz.

Avishai Cohen – Cross My Palm With Silver (2017)

Avishai Cohen – Cross My Palm With Silver (2017)

The delicacy and low-key passion of Avishai Cohen shows up through his trumpet, compositions and every member of his quartet.

Chris Potter – The Dreamer Is The Dream (2017)

Chris Potter – The Dreamer Is The Dream (2017)

The opening notes on “Heart In Hand” from Chris Potter’s tenor sax traces Wayne Shorter’s opening remark on “Dance Cadaverous” but Potter’s own deeply expressive character quickly surfaces on his own spare but symphonic poem. In what begins as a

Linda May Han Oh, “Western” from Walk Against Wind (2017): Something Else! premiere

Linda May Han Oh, “Western” from Walk Against Wind (2017): Something Else! premiere

“Western” is the highly syncopated track that closes out Linda May Han Oh’s ‘Walk Against Wind,’ but it’s by no means a coast to the finish line.

AMP Trio, “N.T. Bag” from Three (2017): Something Else! exclusive premiere

AMP Trio, “N.T. Bag” from Three (2017): Something Else! exclusive premiere

“N.T. Bag” isn’t played by a trio where one player dominates over the others. With the AMP Trio, everyone dominates.

David Weiss and Point of Departure – Wake Up Call (2017)

David Weiss and Point of Departure – Wake Up Call (2017)

Using bright, open-minded up-and-coming musicians much as Miles had done throughout his career, Weiss through Point of Departure very effectively uses a forgotten, fertile slice of jazz’s past to suggest a way forward.

Rob Reddy – Citizen Quintet (2016)

Rob Reddy – Citizen Quintet (2016)

Rob Reddy’s ‘Citizen Quintet’ imposes itself as more than just a collection of songs but as a creature: inhaling, exhaling, always moving in crooked paths while always finding its way home, displaying evolving emotion as it bursts with complexity.

Alex LoRe Quartet – More Figs And Blue Things (2016)

Alex LoRe Quartet – More Figs And Blue Things (2016)

‘More Figs And Blue Things’ is the engaging second chapter from the story of the young gifted alto saxophonist Alex LoRe.

Franklin Kiermyer, “Heliocentric” from Closer To The Sun (2016): Something Else! video premiere

Franklin Kiermyer, “Heliocentric” from Closer To The Sun (2016): Something Else! video premiere

Franklin Kiermyer’s “Heliocentric” premiered here — and the rest of ‘Closer To The Sun’ — reintroduces the audacious idea of jazz as a living, breathing thing.

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