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
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“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.
“N.T. Bag” isn’t played by a trio where one player dominates over the others. With the AMP Trio, everyone dominates.
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’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.
‘More Figs And Blue Things’ is the engaging second chapter from the story of the young gifted alto saxophonist Alex LoRe.
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.
With a clear head and a strong sense of purpose — and the like-minded Vinny Golia on board — Rich Halley keeps on producing abundantly creative modern jazz firmly grounded in all the great traditions of the music form.
Leave it to another groundbreaking veteran like Denny Zeitlin to give Wayne Shorter’s songs tributes that are actually worthwhile hearing nearly as much as the originals.
‘Inhuman Wilderness’ makes clear why Bobby Avey is an award-winning jazz composer and imaginative pianist.