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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.

Rich Halley 5 – The Outlier (2016)

Rich Halley 5 – The Outlier (2016)

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.

Denny Zeitlin – Early Wayne (2016)

Denny Zeitlin – Early Wayne (2016)

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.

Bobby Avey – Inhuman Wilderness (2016)

Bobby Avey – Inhuman Wilderness (2016)

‘Inhuman Wilderness’ makes clear why Bobby Avey is an award-winning jazz composer and imaginative pianist.