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Claudio Scolari, Daniele Cavalca, Simone Scolari – Natural Impulse (2018)

Claudio Scolari, Daniele Cavalca, Simone Scolari – Natural Impulse (2018)

Like Claudio Scolari and Daniele Cavalca’s prior projects, you could call ‘Natural Impulse’ “jazz” for a number of reasons but in the end it just sounds like two (sometimes three) guys following their instincts to make music that’s both unpredictable and inviting. And they have only gotten better at doing that.

Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin – Awase (2018)

Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin – Awase (2018)

It’s a somewhat revamped Ronin, but Nik Bärtsch saw opportunity with those changes and exploited them. ‘Awase’ can move both your mind and your soul but the deceptively fresh approach it takes to get under the skin like that is the brilliance of Bärtsch and his Ronin quartet.

The Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band – Chinese Butterfly (2018)

The Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band – Chinese Butterfly (2018)

Chick Corea and Steve Gadd’s ‘Chinese Butterfly’ breaks no new ground but in this case, that can be completely forgiven.

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2017 (Part 4 of 4, Fusion Jazz): Wadada Leo Smith, Peter Erskine, Brian Blade

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2017 (Part 4 of 4, Fusion Jazz): Wadada Leo Smith, Peter Erskine, Brian Blade

The baker’s dozen in this Best of 2017 list reveals that fusion jazz has expanded and diversified way past its ‘Bitches Brew’-era beginnings.

Mumpbeak – Tooth (2017)

Mumpbeak – Tooth (2017)

Mumpbeak’s ‘Tooth,’ now out via Rare Noise Records, not only continues ideas Roy Powell first put forth on the self-titled debut, but also makes it plain that there’s plenty of room to expand on those ideas.

Wadada Leo Smith – Najwa (2017)

Wadada Leo Smith – Najwa (2017)

Teeming with guitars, Wadada Leo Smith’s ‘Najwa’ is one of those particularly bright moments in a catalog full of them.

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band – Body And Shadow (2017)

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band – Body And Shadow (2017)

Always putting spirituality above improvisation, Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band connects to listeners in a way uncommon for jazz musicians, and ‘Body And Shadow’ continues a remarkable consistency of mission and quality spanning two decades.

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition – Agrima (2017)

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition – Agrima (2017)

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition’s the original mission of melding modern group-level stream-of-consciousness with contemporary raga remains intact, ‘Agrima’ builds on those original ideas, too.

Various Artists – Sky Music, A Tribute To Terje Rypdal (2017)

Various Artists – Sky Music, A Tribute To Terje Rypdal (2017)

feature photo: Roberto Masotti/ECM Records No, Terje Rypdal is still thankfully among us, but with a rich discography stretching back more than fifty years, the Norwegian guitar legend’s 70th birthday is as good occasion as any to

Jonathan Rowden Group – Skyward Eye (2017)

Jonathan Rowden Group – Skyward Eye (2017)

‘Skyward Eye’ represents a great expansion of scope for the saxophonist, composer and bandleader Jonathan Rowden and his Jonathan Rowden Group quartet.

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