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Taylor Haskins – Gnosis (2017)

Taylor Haskins – Gnosis (2017)

Haskins’ capacity for blending cutting-edge, high-tech means of music making with the handmade, organically conceived method of playing jazz borders on the genius level, and that’s just what he is going for with ‘Gnosis.’

Eivind Opsvik – Overseas V (2017)

Eivind Opsvik – Overseas V (2017)

‘Overseas V’ is part of the wild, woolly world of Eivind Opsvik that fans of the unconventional will want to partake.

Peter Erskine and the Dr. Um Band – Second Opinion (2017)

Peter Erskine and the Dr. Um Band – Second Opinion (2017)

Peter Erskine and the Dr. Um Band’s ‘Second Opinion’ is every bit as good of a fusion jazz record as the first one.

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Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures – Glare Of The Tiger (2017)

Hand percussionist, ethno-musicologist, composer and bandleader Adam Rudolph is one of those under-noticed but crucial guys in jazz who has dedicated his

Harriet Tubman, with Wadada Leo Smith – Araminta (2017)

Harriet Tubman, with Wadada Leo Smith – Araminta (2017)

In what will likely go down as one of the best uncategorizable releases of the year, Harriet Tubman’s ‘Araminta’ is a swaggering statement from four musicians who thrive on taking chances.

Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People – Weather Or Not (2017)

Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People – Weather Or Not (2017)

Wayne Shorter himself sees the “graphically arranged material of Weather Report” on ‘Weather Or Not’ as Gerry Gibbs keeping up with his “creative mission.”

Ryan Blotnick – Kush (2016)

Ryan Blotnick – Kush (2016)

Guitarist Ryan Blotnick moves back to Maine and an album of eight, spacious Blotnick compositions gently swayed by African-derived rhythms happens.

James Brandon Lewis Trio – No Filter (2016)

James Brandon Lewis Trio – No Filter (2016)

True to its name, James Brandon Lewis’ classic hip hop/jazz hybrid ‘No Filter’ puts seemingly nothing between what he hears in his head and what you hear on this record.

Ian East – Inner Paths (2016)

Ian East – Inner Paths (2016)

Ian East’s ‘Inner Paths’ is an ethnic fusion album that’s fun to listen to now and will be fun to listen to a hundred plays from now. Getting a world music education can hardly be more enjoyable than listening to this.

Jack DeJohnette, with Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison – In Movement (2016)

Jack DeJohnette, with Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison – In Movement (2016)

What you get when DeJohnette combines with guys named Coltrane and Garrison doesn’t exactly square up with the mental picture (or rather, mental music) most jazzbos might imagine when those three names are put together. Nonetheless, ‘In Movement’ is no less gratifying.